John Ertzgaard

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John Ertzgaard (born June 18, 1977 in Nairobi, Kenya) is former Norwegian athlete who specialized in the sprinting events.

His father is Norwegian and his mother is Ugandan. His mother, a member of the Lango people, had escaped to Kenya as a refugee during Idi Amin's reign in Uganda. Ertzgaard's father worked for the development agency Norad, and the family lived in Kenya and Zambia before they moved to Norway when Ertzgaard was nine.[1]

His only major medal was the gold in 200 meters at the 1999 European U23 Championships. He competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney without advancing to the second round. The biggest success of his career was reaching the semifinals of the 1999 World Championships in Seville.[citation needed]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Norway
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 31st (h) 200m 22.07 (wind: +0.5m/s)
8th 4×100m relay 41.79
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 29th (h) 60 m 6.80
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 18th (h) 100 m 10.48
9th (h) 4x100 m relay 39.77
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 100 m 10.29 w (wind: +2.8m/s)
1st 200 m 20.47 (wind: -0.6m/s)
World Championships Seville, Spain 13th (sf) 200 m 20.72
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 12th (h) 200 m 21.19
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 39th (h) 200 m 21.00
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 19th (qf) 100 m 10.25
28th (qf) 200 m 20.88
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 7th 60 m 6.74
European Championships Munich, Germany 14th (sf) 100 m 10.45
18th (qf) 200 m 21.14
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 34th (h) 100 m 10.62
13th (h) 4x100 m relay 40.36

Personal Best[edit]

Outdoor

  • 100 m – 10.25 (Edmonton 2001)
  • 200 m – 20.47 (Gothenburg 1999)
  • 400 m – 46.80 (2001)

Indoor

  • 60 m – 6.70 (Vienna 2002)
  • 100 m – 10.47 (Tampere 2000)
  • 200 m – 21.08 (Gothenburg 2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barndommens by rammet av AIDS. Sprintesset Ertzgaard tilbake etter 14 år". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 23 November 1999. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 

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