Sven Nylander

Sven Olof Nylander (born 1 January 1962 in Varberg) is a retired hurdler from Sweden, who is best known for winning two silver medals at the European Championships during his career (1990 and 1994). He represented his native country in three Summer Olympics (1984, 1992 and 1996), and set his personal best (47.98s) in the men's 400 metres hurdles on 1 August 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sven Nylander
Sven Nylander in Jan 2014.jpg
Nylander in 2014
Personal information
Born (1962-01-01) 1 January 1962 (age 58)
Varberg, Sweden
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight187 lb (85 kg)
Country Sweden
SportAthletics (track and field)
Achievements and titles
World finals1983, 1987, 1995
Regional finals1982, 1986, 1990, 1994
Olympic finals1984, 1996
Personal best(s)47.98

Nylander finished fourth in four global championships (World Athletics Championships 1983 and 1987 - Olympic Games 1984 and 1996). He also finished fifth in the 1995 World Athletics Championship.

Nylander attended Southern Methodist University ("SMU") in Dallas, Texas, USA on an athletic scholarship, where he was a member of the track and field team.

During the European Championships in Gothenburg 2006, Nylander attended a party on a night club in central Gothenburg. He, former high jumper Patrik Sjöberg and sprinter Patrik Lövgren, was later stopped by the police and brought to the police station where they left urine samples, under suspicion of drug use. In interviews, Nylander at first claimed that he had not used narcotics.[1] A couple of days later, Nylander confessed to having used cocaine during the party.[2]

International competitionsEdit

All results regarding 400 metres hurdles

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Sweden
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 7th 49.64
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 48.97
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 4th 49.06
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 49.38
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 4th 48.37
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 2nd 48.43
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 9th (sf) 49.59
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 13th (sf) 49.64
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 9th (sf) 49.21
1994 European Cup Birmingham, England 1st 49.36
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 48.22
1995 European Cup Villeneuve d'Ascq, France 3rd 49.64
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 48.84
1996 European Cup Madrid, Spain 3rd 50.18
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 4th 47.98
(sf) Indicates overall position in semifinal round