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London 2012 – Swedish Olympic veteran Jörgen Persson

Table tennis legend: "This is my last chance"

Published måndag 23 juli 2012 kl 16.11
"I have learned a lot since then"
(5:07 min)
Jörgen Persson with his medal for competing in six Olympic games in 2008. File photo: Fredrik Sandberg / Scanpix

Jörgen Persson is one of Sweden's most renowned table tennis players. In 2008, he received a medal for competing at every Olympic event since 1988 – but he has yet to win the gold, silver or bronze. Radio Sweden caught up with Person before he heads to London later in the week.

"It does not get old, it is fun," said Persson, who will be competing at his seventh Olympic tournament. "I want to get a medal in the Olympics – I've tried six times! This is my last chance."

Persson has missed some training due to a slight leg injury, but thinks he will be fit in time for the tournament.

"I have missed some important training. I had to break for two weeks, but now I feel much better. It will be OK for London."

The 46-year-old is among the oldest Swedish athletes to head to London.

"I do not think so much about age," Persson said. "I am part of the team. Of course I try to help with my experience. I try to do that. Sometimes I hear I am the grandfather of the team – but that is just for fun."

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