Veikko Karvonen is one of Finland’s all time marathoners, winning 15 of the 35 marathons he raced in his career. An Olympic medalist, Veikko placed third in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics behind Alain Mimoun and Franjoo Mihalic. A little earlier that same year, Veikko became the first Finn to ever win the Boston Marathon.
It is no wonder that Veikko was number one in numerous Track and Field News annual marathon world rankings. His personal best from 55 years ago is a staggering achievement even for today’s standards: 2:18:56.