Maria Akraka representing Intersport
|Full name||Maria Helene Henriksson Akraka|
7 June 1966 |
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|College team||Iowa State|
Akraka worked previously as a host of betting company ATG's channel, Channel 75, where she interviewed Horse racing jockeys. She also worked for TV4 covering horse racing. In 2006, she started working for SVT, hosting extreme sports game show Megadrom and also covered various sports competitions such as the Olympics and DN Galan.
|Outdoor||400 m||54:50||August 20, 1988||Malmö, Sweden|
|800 m||2:00:58||August 8, 1991||Lahti, Finland|
|1,000 m||2:38:30||July 25, 1995||Monaco|
|1,500 m||4:08:63||August 19, 1994||Brussels, Belgium|
|1 mile||4:32:04||September 10, 1993||London, England|
|2,000 m||5:47:76||September 4, 1994||Sheffield, England|
|3,000 m||9:04:35||August 28, 1994||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Indoor||800 m||2:00:01NR||February 19, 1998||Stockholm, Sweden|
|1,500 m||4:07:74||February 18, 1992||Genoa, Italy|
She was born in London to a Swedish mother and a Nigerian father. The family moved to Sweden but her parents separated and her father moved back to Nigeria. She was raised by her mom in Rågsved outside Stockholm. Her father Smart Akraka is a former track and field athlete who competed in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. She has a twin brother, Michael.
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