EDWARDS Jonathan (1966) Great Britain / Track and field
"I'm the best triple-jumper of all times." It is with these words that Jonathan Edwards' biography begins. In fact, it's quite right. The Englishman holds the world record in the long-jump, at 18.29m, and even came close to 18.50m in one competition, though the jump was disallowed because he had had too much tailwind.After failing in Seoul and Barcelona, Edwards won silver in Atlanta in 1996.But it was in Sydney in 2000 that the world's greatest triple-jumper became a legend. He was victorious in the final, finally claiming his gold medal. That's quite an achievement in view of the fact that his stepmother died a few weeks before the Olympics and he didn't want to take part.