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Stefan Holm about his son's success: "Above all expectations"


Talent Melwin Lycke Holm, 14, struck out with three personal bests and an SM bronze at home in Karlstad. At the spectator's place sat the father, as well as the legend, Stefan Holm. - This was beyond all expectations, he tells SVT Sport.

Stefan Holm is one of Sweden's, and the world's foremost, high jumpers ever. He has one Olympic gold from Athens 2004 and four World Cup golds on the track record, and is one of the few who jumped 2.40.

Now he trains son Melwin Lycke Holm, 15 years in October, who today took bronze at his first senior SM ever. With 2.09 he also set a new record in the age class and beat Patrik Sjöberg who jumped 2.07 as a 15 year old.

- Incredibly fun for Melwin and extra special that he manages to do it right here at the SM, says Stefan Holm to SVT Sport.

"Used to win"

The talent had 2.05 as a personal best for today's competition.

Then he hit 2.05, 2.07 and 2.09.

- Going in and doing it in this type of competition even impresses an old uncle like me. He is used to winning his youth competitions by 15, 20 or 30 centimeters, says Stefan Holm.

Mimics the father's mimicry

Those who remember Stephen's career probably see many similarities in Melwin's mimicry before the jump. The 14-year-old fixes his hair and straightens the linen just like his father.

- It must be genetic like everything else I suppose. He obviously got a lot from his father obviously, laughs Stefan Holm.

- We have a similar movement pattern. He is a mirror to me, but we move incredibly much as we walk, run or bounce over hedges.

Source: svt

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