Erica Johansson

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Erica Johansson (born February 5, 1974) is a Swedish former athlete who specialized in the long jump. She is the 1992 World Junior Champion, the 1993 European Junior Champion, and the 2000 European Indoor Champion. She also competed at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.

Long jump track and field event

The long jump is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point. Along with the triple jump, the two events that measure jumping for distance as a group are referred to as the "horizontal jumps". This event has a history in the Ancient Olympic Games and has been a modern Olympic event for men since the first Olympics in 1896 and for women since 1948.

1992 World Junior Championships in Athletics

The 1992 World Junior Championships in Athletics was the fourth edition of the international athletics competition for athletes aged 19 years or under. It was held in Seoul, South Korea from September 16 to September 20, 1992.



Born in Mölndal, Johansson was a promising junior who equalled the Swedish record as a 15-year-old with 6.50 meters, to win European Junior silver in 1989. A year later, she won the silver medal at the 1990 World Junior Championships, jumping 6.50 again. She yet again jumped 6.50 when finishing fourth at the 1991 European Junior Championships, missing out on the bronze medal to Iva Prandzheva on countback. The highlights of her successful junior career was winning gold medals at the 1992 World Junior Championships with 6.65 metres, and at the 1993 European Junior Championships with 6.56. Her greatest achievement at senior level came at the 2000 European Indoor Championships, where she won the gold medal with a jump of 6.89 metres.

Mölndal Place in Mölndal Municipality, Sweden

Mölndal is a part of the Gothenburg urban area on the west-coast of Sweden, and constitutes the administrative centre of Mölndal Municipality. About 40,000 of the municipality's 60,000 inhabitants live in Mölndal proper.

Iva Prandzheva is a former Bulgarian athlete who was successful in both long jump and triple jump. She had to retire from athletics in 2000 after she was caught doping for the second time and was subsequently banned for life.

She retired after the 2001 season.

International competitions

Representing Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1989 European Junior Championships Varazdin, Yugoslavia2nd6.50 m
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria2nd6.50 m
1991 European Junior Championships Thessalonika, Greece4th6.50 m
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea1st6.65 m
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada6th6.71 m
European Junior Championships San Sebastián, Spain1st6.56 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland22nd (q)6.10 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece8th6.64 m
1998 European Championshiips Budapest, Hungary5th6.75 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain10th6.63 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium1st6.89 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia16th (q)6.53 m
(q) Indicates overall position in qualifying round

Personal bests

High jump track and field event

The high jump is a track and field event in which competitors must jump unaided over a horizontal bar placed at measured heights without dislodging it. In its modern most practised format, a bar is placed between two standards with a crash mat for landing. In the modern era, athletes run towards the bar and use the Fosbury Flop method of jumping, leaping head first with their back to the bar. Since ancient times, competitors have introduced increasingly effective techniques to arrive at the current form.

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