As an athlete, surely the ultimate goal is to leave your mark on your sport, win all the awards possible and see your name go down in the history books – and that is precisely what happened to former triple jumper and mega-popular Olympic speaker Jonathan Edwards CBE.
One of sport’s genuine gentlemen, Jonathan was world record holder in the triple jump for more than 20 years and he has been Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion – at one point in 2002 he held the top slot in all four.
Representing Great Britain in the Olympic Games, the Olympic legend won the silver medal in Atlanta in 1996 and went one better at the Sydney 2000 games. At the World Championships in 1995 and 2001 Jonathan won gold medals and he won a silver at the 1997 Athens games. He also got two bronzes in 1993 and 1999.
Jonathan Edwards’ other gold medals – he won six in all – were won at the European Championships in Budapest in 1998, the European Indoor Championships in Valencia in the same year, and at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where he competed for England. The Olympic speaker’s other silver medals – he won five in all – came at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and 1994, and the World Indoor Championships of 2001. The third bronze of Jonathan’s career came at the 2002 European Championships in Munich.
When he retired in 2003, Edwards was Britain’s most successful medal-winning athlete. He went on to become a TV presenter and sports commentator, president of the Wenlock Olympian Society (the Wenlock Games were a forerunner of the modern Olympic Games) and a key member of the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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