Jonathan Edwards - Road To Munich
Jonathan Edwards starts quite late into the season. The Olympic-Champion in the triple jump from Sydney 2000 will travel to Italy to jump at the first two meetings this year. His first competition will be in Milan on the 5th June followed by Turin two days later. Five weeks ago the 36 year old athlete from Newcastle came home from a long trainings camp in Florida. In Tallahassee, which is the name of the location, Jonathan Edwards visits since 1996, had a very good preparation for 2002. The father who has two boys named Samuel and Nathan wants to win the competition in the triple jump in Munich at the European Championship and defeat his title from 1998 in Budapest.
Good time in Florida
In Florida the triple jumper had a very good time. One of the reasons were the presence of his wife Alison and his two sons. So Edwards had his whole family around him, when he was training hard. "I have done a lot of work since December", the World Champion says. "The longer your career is the tougher it is. And sometimes it was very hard, but I am still hungry for much more success". And he was satisfied with his results in the trainings camp.
One of his strongest competitors the world record holder sees in the young swedish guy Christian Olsson, who won the European indoor title in Vienna. Two days after his gold medal he jumped a new European indoor record of 17,80 m in Gothenburg. If both jumpers are in good health and in a good shape it will be a very exciting event in Munich. "Chrstian is going to be a real challenger for me", Jonathen Edwards says.
"When I remember the last Championships, I have had more than a half metre advantage ahead of my rivals. Now Christian`s closed this gap."
And you never know who else will be in on the action. Charles Friedek, World Champion in Seville 1999 will be good enough for a surprise, if he will be in a good shape. And there are some other athletes who are quite dangerous for the 1,81 m tall guy.
Edwards thinks professional
The great christian believer who likes to read the bible almost every day is a professional athlete and he thinks like that. Beside Manchester and the title in Munich, he wants to do the Golden League serie. And if Edwards wants to win the overall Golden League title, he must be in front at all seven competitions. And this is not easy. "I`ve got a very busy summer", the 36 year old athlete knows. "I might have go jump 15 -20 times during the course of the year.
He thinks about competing at the world cup final in Madrid in September. "We hope the British team will qualify for the World cup", he says. They must be one of the first two at the European Cup in Annecy.
If you hear Edwards talking about his ambitions, you can say: he wants to become the number one in the season 2002 again. And he will do everything to reach the top again.
Even the world record holder already has the biggest success a tripple jumper ever could reach before. 18,29 m and a lot of valuable victories are big words. In Italy, one of his favorite countries, he will start to fullfill his plans.