Ritva Lemettinen

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Ritva Kaija Hannele Melender (née Lemettinen, born 9 September 1960 in Ylistaro) is a retired female marathon runner from Finland. She represented her native country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, finishing in 14th place in the women's marathon. She is a two-time winner of the Chicago Marathon, having topped the podium in 1993 and 1995. Her personal best time is 2:28:00 set at the London Marathon in 1995. This is also the current national record.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Finland
1990 European Championships Split, SFR Yugoslavia 9th Marathon 2:39.42
1991 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:40:11
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 14th Marathon 2:41:48
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 18th Marathon 2:45:05
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:33:18
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th Marathon 2:33.05
1995 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:28:27
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th Marathon 2:31:19