Swedish and Scandinavian teams for Portland, by Jonas Hedman

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Sagnia_KhaddiQ-Beijing15.jpgKhaddi Sagnia, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Jonas Hedman, a fine athletics writer and long time fan of the sport, to write up a short piece on athletes from Sweden in particular, who are competing in the World Indoors in Portland. Jonas Hedman was one of the co-authors of Who's the Greatest? (Here is our review: https://www.runblogrun.com/2016/01/worlds-greatest-in-athletics-a-book-review-for-runblogrun-by-jeff-benjamin.html)

Swedish and Scandinavian teams for Portland

The Swedish team in Portland include eight athletes - three men and five women - with an average age of 23. None of them have a realistic chance to reach the podium but three of them participated in the World Championships in Beijing last year. The one who got the highest placing was long jumper Khaddi Sagnia, 21, who was seventh with a pb of 6.78.

High jumper Erika Kinsey, who lives in Warrensburg, MO, had a big breakthrough last year when she improved her seven year old PB with five centimeters to 1.97 which put her on seventh place on the season list. She had a knee injury in November which has limited her jumping, but is now injury free and ready for the championships.

Women's high jump meet in Portland include 12 athletes from 11 countries and the only one who have two is Sweden! The other one is Sofie Skoog who set an overall PB of 1.94 in February which also was an Olympic qualifier.

Except the eight Swedes there are another five athletes from Scandinavia including Icelands Aníta Hinriksdóttir, 20, who won the 2013 World Youth Championships at 800m.

Swedish team

Odain Rose -92, 60 m
Andreas Kramer -97, 800 m

Petter Olson -97, Heptathlon
Lovisa Lindh -91, 800 m
Sarah Lahti -91, 1500 m (championship debut)

Erika Kinsey -88, High Jump

Sofie Skoog -90 High Jump
Khaddi Sagnia -94, Long Jump

Other Scandinavian competitors
Andreas Martinsen, DEN, 60m hurdles

Aníta Hinriksdóttir, ISL, 800m
Hedda Hynne, NOR, 800m
Kristiina Mäkelä, FIN, triple jump
Sanna Nygård, FIN, triple jump

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