Who was Mona-Lisa Pursiainen?


Eivor Mona-Lisa Pursiainen (née Strandvall; 21 June 1951 to 07 August 2000) was a Finnish female sprinter, who was especially successful in 1973–1974, being ranked #2 in the world over 100 metres and # 3, over 200 metres and 400 metres in 1973.

Pursiainen on the left of the picture.


In 1974, she was ranked #7 in the 100 metres and #6 in the 200 metres.

She won 100 metres and 200 metres at the 1973 Summer Universiade held in Moscow. She won a bronze medal in the 200 metres at the 1974 European Athletics Championships, as well as a silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay, and helped Finland to a National Record of 3:25.7. She would take two silver medals over the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 1975 Summer Universiade in Rome.

Pursiainen died in 2000 from breast cancer, aged 49, at Kauniainen.


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