Patrik Sjöberg

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Patrik Sjöberg
Patrik Sjöberg Göteborg Book Fair 2011.jpg
Patrick Sjöberg 2011
Personal information
Full name Jan Niklas Patrik Sjöberg
Born (1965-01-05) 5 January 1965 (age 50)
Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County
Height 2.00 m (6 ft 6.7 in)
Country  Sweden
Club Örgryte IS
Retired 1999
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 2.42 m
2.41 m (indoors)

Jan Niklas Patrik Sjöberg (born 5 January 1965 in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland) is a former Swedish high jumper and previous world record holder. With 2.42 metres (7 ft 11.3 in), he holds the Swedish as well as the European record in men's high jump. His 1987 world record 2.42m - set in Stockholm on 30 June 1987 - is the fourth best in history, and only Javier Sotomayor and Mutaz Essa Barshim have achieved a higher jump. Sjöberg is also a two-time world indoor record holder with marks of 2.38 m (1985) and 2.41 m (1987). In 1989, he underwent Achilles tendon surgery and his career went downhill.

Sjöberg has a gold medal from the World Championships in Rome 1987 and has 3 olympic medals. Two silver medals from Los Angeles 1984 and Barcelona 1992 and one bronze medal from Seuol 1988. Sjöberg is the only high jumper that has won medals from more than two olympic games.

Sjöberg received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1985. He has inspired many later Swedish high jumpers, most notably Kajsa Bergqvist, Linus Thörnblad, Staffan Strand, and Stefan Holm. His world record of 2.42 m was broken one year later, when, on the eve of the Seoul Summer Olympics, Javier Sotomayor jumped 2.43 m in September 1988 at a meet in Spain.

In his 2011 autobiography, Sjöberg revealed that he had been sexually molested as a child by Viljo Nousiainen, a prominent Swedish athletics coach.[1]

Sjöberg recently competed as a celebrity dancer on Let's Dance 2014 in which he made it to the top 4.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Sweden
1981 European Junior Championships Utrecht, Netherlands 8th 2.16 m
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 10th 2.22 m
1983 European Junior Championships Schwechat, Austria 3rd 2.21 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 11th 2.23 m
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 2.24 m
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 2nd 2.33 m
1985 World Indoor Games Paris, France 1st 2.32 m
European Indoor Championships Piraeus, Greece 1st 2.35 m
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 6th 2.24 m
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 6th 2.25 m
1987 European Indoor Championships Liévin, France 1st 2.38 m
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States NM
World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 2.38 m
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 2.39 m
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd 2.36 m
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 2.35 m
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 13th 2.24 m
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 7th 2.31 m
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 1st 2.38 m
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd 2.34 m
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 2nd 2.39 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 2.32 m


  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012. London: Aurum Press. pp. 216–217. ISBN 978-1845136956. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Sjöberg, Patrik; Sjöberg, Birgitta (1994). Att leva på hoppet (in Swedish). Sportförlaget. ISBN 978-9188540485. 
  • Sjöberg, Patrik; Lutteman, Markus (2011). Det du inte såg (in Swedish). Norstedts Förlag. ISBN 978-9113034300. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Soviet Union Igor Paklin
Men's High Jump World Record Holder
30 June 1987 – 8 September 1988
Succeeded by
Cuba Javier Sotomayor
Preceded by
Soviet Union Igor Paklin
Men's High Jump European Record Holder
30 June 1987–
(shared with Ukraine Bohdan Bondarenko from June 14, 2014)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gunde Svan
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Tomas Johansson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Soviet Union Igor Paklin
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Cuba Javier Sotomayor