Renowned Finnish javelin thrower who won gold at the 2007 IAAF World Championships. He was named European Athlete of the Year in 2007 and Finnish Sports Personality of the Year in 2013.
He was born in Ilmajoki, Finland and began competing seriously in 1999.
In 2013, he had the best distance of any male javelin thrower that year with 89.03 meters.
His father is Esko Pitkamaki.
He and Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen both competed in the javelin throw at the 2008 Olympic Games.