Jonathan Edwards’ achievements on the track have earned him a place in history as one of the World’s greatest and most admired athletes. Almost 17 years after his incredible efforts in Gothenburg, Jonathan Edwards still holds the world record for the triple jump at 18.29m.
In 2000 Jonathan won a gold medal during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and returned home to a hero’s welcome. After a career that spanned 15 years, Jonathan made his last competitive triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Paris in 2003; he retired soon after as one of Great Britain’s most successful athletes.
Jonathan has received several awards in recognition of his sporting achievements including BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1995; an MBE in 1996 and then a CBE in 2001.
Since retiring Jonathan became one of BBC Sport’s key pundits and commentators covering all the major athletics events, including the Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Jonathan has now moved into presenting and recently presented all of BBC Sport’s coverage of the Indoor Athletics season and fronted programmes for BBC Radio 4.
In 2011 Jonathan presented the London Marathon, Great North City Games and Great North Run, as well the Short Track Speed Skating Championships from Sheffield.