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Karin Torneklint takes over from Stefan Olsson

Sweden appoints first female national athletics coach

Published torsdag 7 mars 2013 kl 17.35
Karin Torneklint. Photo: Fredrik Persson/SCANPIX

Sweden has its first female national athletics team coach. Karin Torneklint, who once trained the Kallur twins, has been named as successor to Stefan Olsson.

Torneklint will take up her post in April, as part of an organisational shake-up at the Swedish Athletics Federation.

Torneklint will be responsible for 30 to 50 athletes in a so-called "major championship squad" while the outgoing Stefan Olsson takes up the newly created job of "sports chief."

Karin Torneklint, a former 100 metre hurdler, trained the Kallur sisters between the years 2007-2009 and told Swedish Radio News that she is delighted with her new job which runs until 2016.

" The challenge now is to get stuck into it and learn about everything. It's a long time since I trained the Kallur sisters," she said.

On becoming the first female coach of the national athletics team, Tornklint said "It is a pity that there are not more women who are coaches at the highest level. There must be more".

Her first major assignments will be the European Outdoor Championship in June followed by the World Championships in Moscow in August.

She will have a number of young rising stars to mould into future medal winners, something perhaps denied Stefan Olsson, whose reign as coach coincided with a fallow period in Swedish athletics, following the golden years of Christian Olsson, Carolina Klüft and Stefan Holm.

However, he finished on a high note last week as Sweden enjoyed medal success at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

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