Julius Saaristo

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Julius Saaristo
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Julius Saaristo in 1921
Personal information
Birth name Juho Julius Saaristo
Born 21 July 1891
Tampere, Finland
Died 12 October 1969 (aged 78)
Tampere, Finland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Sport Javelin throw
Club Viipurin Urheilijat, Helsinki
Tampereen Pyrintö, Tampere

Juho Julius Saaristo (21 July 1891 – 12 October 1969) was a Finnish track and field athlete. He won two medals at the 1912 Olympics: a silver in conventional javelin throw and a gold in the two-handed javelin throw, a one-time Olympic event in which the total was a sum of best throws with the right hand and with the left hand. He finished fourth in the javelin throw at the 1920 Olympics.


Saaristo was born to Kaarlo Saaristo (Lindholm) and Wilhelmina Lindberg. After graduating in mechanical and electrical engineering, in 1915 he enlisted to the German Army and was assigned to the 27th Jäger Battalion. He fought in World War I on the Eastern Front at the Misa River and the Gulf of Riga. On 25 February 1918 he returned to Finland and took part in the ongoing Finnish Civil War as a commanding officer. He then continued serving with the Finnish Army, fought in World War II, and was retired after it ended. He died of a throat cancer, though he was not a smoker himself.

In 1928 Saaristo married Olga Lydia Honkanen, they had two sons and an adopted daughter.


Julius Saaristo at the 1912 Olympics

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