“FAIR PLAY” Category
He shares the unofficial World Record of height jumped above own height, 59 cm with a 2,40 m record. He is one of the few athletes of his category who can boast such an intense love story with the World Indoor Championships: he claimed 4 titles between 2004 and 2008.
His passion for high-jumping began when he was 8 years old and he saw the Swedish high-jumping legend, Patrik Sjöberg, compete. Then, surprisingly, Sjöberg is the only one who has ever beat him. It was in February 2007 that he broke the wall of 100 meeting when he overtopped 2,30 m in height ; he went never below 2,29 m during European or International finals.
Following the Olympic victory, in 2004, he was also awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal, the prize that is awarded to the best Swedish athlete of the year by the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
Today, outside the track, he is still part of the sports world as a member of the International Olympic Committee in the Athletes’Commission.