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Patrik Sjöberg

Jan Niklas Patrik Sjöberg (born January 5, 1965 in Göteborg, Västra Götaland) is a former Swedish high jumper and previous world record holder. With 2.42 m, he holds the Swedish as well as the European record in men's high jump, making him the second best high jumper of all time, after Javier Sotomayor. The record jump took place at DN-Galan, an annual athletics event in Stockholm, June 30, 1987. At the time, it was a world record. He is also a two time world indoor record holder with marks of 2.38m (1985) and 2.41m (1987).

Sjöberg has been followed by other successful Swedish high jumpers, most notably Kajsa Bergqvist and Stefan Holm. He received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1985.


Drug incident

Sjöberg was arrested August 13, 2006 in a Gothenburg night club with a small amount of cocaine in his pocket, and a later issued urine sample contained traces of cocaine. Sjöberg has issued a lengthy public letter of apology. Read the letter here (In Swedish)

In December 2006 the prosecutor decided that all involved would be excused from trial and would only be fined. This was a stroke of luck for Patrik Sjöberg since he has no official income. Sjöberg was sentenced to 150 unit fines à 30 Swedish kronor, 4500 Swedish kronor. When this text was written 4500 Swedish krona equals ≈627 $US (≈720 $US in August 2008).

Further reading

  • Sjöberg, Patrik: Att Leva på Hoppet. Sportförlaget i Europa AB. ISBN 9188540480.

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