Päivi Tikkanen

Päivi Marja Sinikka Tikkanen (née Kunttu; born 19 January 1960 in Savitaipale) is a retired female long-distance runner from Finland, who won the 1989 edition of the Berlin Marathon. A two-time Olympian (1988 and 1992) she ended up in fourth place in the women's 3,000 metres at the 1991 World Championships. Tikkanen was Finnish champion in the same event for ten years in a row (1985–1994). She was coached by her husband Esa Tikkanen.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Finland
1989 Berlin Marathon Berlin, West Germany 1st Marathon 2:28:45
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 6th 3000m 8:50.26
10,000m DNF
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 4th 3000 m 8:41.30
DNF 10,000 m 32:06.67 (heats)
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 21st (h) 3000 m 8:59.60
DNF (h) 10,000 m
World Half Marathon Championships Newcastle, United Kingdom 13th Half marathon 1:11:22
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany DNF 10,000 m 32:51.72 (heats)
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 14th 3000m 9:06.93
20th 10,000m 34:22.45

Personal bests

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