Listen To The Star – Christian Olsson
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Christian Olsson (Photo: Chai)Today:
CHRISTIAN OLSSON (SWE)
Born: 25 January 1980 in Göteborg
A former high jumper who still competes in that event sporadically (2.28 indoors this past winter), Olsson made his transition to the triple jump complete during the 2001 season.
He won the silver medal in Edmonton behind Jonathan Edwards, having won the European U23 competition in Amsterdam one month earlier. Olsson was the only jumper to defeat Edwards during the 2001 season, doing so on two occasions.
He won the European Indoor title in Vienna this past March, and two days later celebrated his victory in front of a home audience in Göteborg with a 17.80 leap, only three centimetres off the existing world indoor record.
Olsson won this year's European Cup "B competition in Seville in late June with his current outdoor personal best of 17.63.
Since first surpassing the 17m mark in June 2001, he has jumped at least that far in 21 of 22 competitions through this year's Paris meeting, an amazing feat of consistency.
You've been making the seventeen-metre jump look quite ordinary with all of your splendid performances the past twelve months. Are you planning a surprise for Jonathan Edwards in Munich?
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