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.
Nylander in 2014
|Born||1 January 1962|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg)|
|Sport||Athletics (track and field)|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||1983, 1987, 1995|
|Regional finals||1982, 1986, 1990, 1994|
|Olympic finals||1984, 1996|
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. A couple of days later, Nylander confessed to having used cocaine during the party.
All results regarding 400 metres hurdles
|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|
- Dagens Nyheter - "Sven Nylander talar ut efter knarkskandalen". Retrieved on 2008-08-27.
- Dagens Nyheter - "Ja, jag tog kokain". Retrieved on 2008-08-27.