Susanna Elisabeth "Sanna" Kallur (Swedish pronunciation: [sɵˈsânːa ˈkǎlːɵr]; born 16 February 1981) is a Swedish former athlete competing mainly in sprint hurdles. She has won several international medals, including the gold medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. Kallur holds the world indoor record for 60 m hurdles.
|World Indoor Championships|
|2006 Moscow||60 m hurdles|
|2006 Gothenburg||100 m hurdles|
|European Indoor Championships|
|2005 Madrid||60 m hurdles|
|2007 Birmingham||60 m hurdles|
|European U23 Championships|
|2003 Bydgoszcz||100 m hurdles|
|World Junior Championships|
|2000 Santiago||100 m hurdles|
|1998 Annecy||100 m hurdles|
|2000 Santiago||4 x 100 m relay|
Kallur made a breakthrough by winning the 100 m hurdles at the 2000 World Junior Championship. She then initially failed to make an impact on senior competition, failing to make the final of two World Championships and then the 2004 Olympic Games. She improved her personal best to 12.67 seconds.
In 2005, she won her first senior gold medal at the 2005 European Indoor Championships in Madrid. But once again she failed to reach the final of the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. She came third in the 2006 World Indoor Championships. Kallur, in her biggest achievement to date, won the 100 m hurdles at the 2006 European Championships in front of her home crowd in Gothenburg. She won in a time of 12.59 sec ahead of Kirsten Bolm and Derval O'Rourke.
Kallur retained her title at the 2007 European Indoor Championships. She finished only fourth in the 100 m hurdles at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, despite running a personal best of 12.51s and having a clear lead to the final hurdle. The Swedish team had grounds for appeal, as eventual winner Michelle Perry had crossed over into Kallur's lane, possibly interfering. But by the time they did register an appeal, the time limit had elapsed. After the World Championships, Kallur won the three remaining Golden League events in Berlin, Zürich and Brussels, posting a personal best in the German capital and beating Perry in all three races.
World record and injuriesEdit
After posting several fast times throughout the beginning of the 2008 indoor season, Kallur broke the 60 m hurdles indoor world record, posting a time of 7.68 at a meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany on February 10, 2008. Kallur was then the clear favourite for the World Indoor title in Valencia and won her heat in 7.87 seconds, but did not start the semi-finals, pulling out injured.
She fell at the first hurdle of her semi-final of the 100 m women's hurdles event at the 2008 Olympic Games. She missed the entirety of the 2009 season through a stress fracture injury. She had surgery on her shin in late 2008 and, although she had a metal plate removed in June 2009, she declared herself unfit for the 2009 World Championships.
She briefly returned to competition in 2010 running a time of 12.78 in New York City to finish seventh and coming fourth over 100 m hurdles in the first division of the European Cup. However, she was again sidelined from athletics in 2011. She had hoped to compete at the World Championships but did not recover from injury in time. She resumed training in August at a low-intensity, with the aim of competing in the Olympics in 2012.
In March 2017 she competed in European Indoor Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia. She reached the final in 60m hurdles and finished 8th with a time of 8.14 seconds as her last match before retirement.
Born on 16 February 1981 in Huntington, New York, U.S., Kallur is now a resident of Falun, Dalarnas län, and trains with Falu IK. Her twin sister Jenny Kallur, who is 4 minutes older, is also a 100 m hurdler. They are daughters of the ice hockey player Anders Kallur, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the New York Islanders, and his wife Lisa.
In January 2007 she won the Jerring Award, voted by the people of Sweden to be the best sports person or team in Sweden at the time. Number two in the vote was the Swedish national men's ice hockey team, which won Olympic gold and World Championships in 2006.
- 2005 European Indoor Championships (Madrid)
- (60m Hurdles) Gold medal (7.80), making it a double win for the twins.
- 2006 World Indoor Championships (Moscow)
- (60m Hurdles) Bronze medal
- 2006 European Championships (Göteborg)
- (100m Hurdles) Gold medal
- 2007 European Indoor Championships (Birmingham)
- (60m Hurdles) Gold medal
- 60 metres: 7.24 secs (Birmingham, 3 March 2007)
- 60 metres hurdles: 7.68 secs (Karlsruhe, 10 February 2008) World record
- 100 metres: 11.30 secs (Malmö, 22 August 2006)
- 100 metres hurdles: 12.49 secs (Berlin, 16 September 2007)
- 200 metres: 23.32 (Gothenburg, 28 August 2005)
- 800 metres: 2:27.87 (Huddinge, 6 September 1998)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Swedish hurdle star Susanna Kallur drops worlds . Earth Times (2009-07-20). Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
- . SVD (2011-08-17). Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
- "2017 europeans athletics indoor meet belgrade entry list" (PDF).
- "Competitions - European Athletics Indoor Championships - European Athletics". european-athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2008-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) New coach
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-12. Retrieved 2006-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Her Illinois U profile
- Prominent Alumni, uiuc.edu
-  IAAF results
- Official website
- Susanna Kallur at World Athletics
- Susanna Kallur's profile at Fightingillini.cstv.com
- Media related to Susanna Kallur at Wikimedia Commons
| Women's 60 m Hurdles Indoor World Record Holder
February 10, 2008 – present