Vasala was already at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968 , but did not get past the lead. At the European Championships in 1969 Vasala also finished ninth, as two years later at the European Championships in 1971 in his hometown.
But his big moment came on September 9, 1972 when he won the 1500 meter final in Munich in 3: 36.3 minutes ahead of Kip Keino from Kenya and Rod Dixon from New Zealand . On the same day, his compatriot Lasse Virén won gold over the 10,000 meters . The Finns were able to celebrate two gold medals within half an hour.
At the European Championships in 1974 , Vasala reached sixth place in 3: 41.5 minutes. But he could no longer build on his performance in Munich.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Vasala, Pekka Antero (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Finnish middle distance runner|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 17, 1948|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Helsinki , Finland|