Finland competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. The nation has competed at every Summer Olympic Games since its official debut in 1908. The Finnish Olympic Committee (Finnish: Suomen Olympiakomitea, SO) sent a total of 56 athletes to the Games, 29 men and 27 women, to compete in 14 sports. There was only a single competitor in artistic gymnastics, taekwondo, weightlifting and tennis.
Notable Finnish athletes included the defending champion Satu Mäkelä-Nummela in women's trap shooting, and Olympic bronze medalist Tero Pitkämäki in men's javelin throw. Badminton player Anu Nieminen, and swimmer Hanna-Maria Seppälä, who finished fourth in the women's freestyle event, made their fourth Olympic appearance as the most experienced athletes. Seppälä also became Finland's first female flag bearer at the Summer Olympics' opening ceremony (in the Winter Olympics, Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi had carried the Finnish flag in 1994).
Suomen Olympiakomitea (SO) set a goal of three medals, with at least one gold medal and six point positions in eighth-place finish, to be targeted in the medal standings. At the end of the Games, Finland already had three medals, but reached beyond the medal target by a single point.
Finland, however, left London with two silver and one bronze medals in sailing and athletics, failing to win a gold medal for the second time in Summer Olympic history since 2004. Antti Ruuskanen received the silver medal only in 2017, due to doping use of the original silver medalist Oleksandr Pyatnytsya from Ukraine . Several Finnish athletes, who reached into the finals, missed out of the medal standings including Pitkämäki, and taekwondo jin Suvi Mikkonen.
Finnish athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):Key
Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
Q = Qualified for the next round
q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
NR = National record
N/A = Round not applicable for the event
Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
Track & road events
Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final (medal); FB = Qualify to final B (non-medal)Women
Finland has qualified 1 boat for each of the following eventsMen
M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race;
Finland has earned four quota places in shooting events;Men
Finnish swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):Men
Finland has qualified 1 athlete.
Finland has qualified two quota places.
Key:VT - Victory by Fall.PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.