Susanna Kallur
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Susanna Kallur
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Women's athletics
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Moscow 60 m hurdles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Gothenburg 100 m hurdles
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Madrid 60 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2007 Birmingham 60 m hurdles
European U23 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Bydgoszcz 100 m hurdles
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Santiago 100 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Annecy 100 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Santiago 4 x 100 m relay

Susanna Elisabeth "Sanna" Kallur (Swedish pronunciation: [sɵˈsânːa ˈkǎlːɵr]; born 16 February 1981) is a Swedish former athlete competing mainly in sprint hurdles. She has won several international medals, including the gold medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. Kallur holds the world indoor record for 60 m hurdles.


Kallur made a breakthrough by winning the 100 m hurdles at the 2000 World Junior Championship. She then initially failed to make an impact on senior competition, failing to make the final of two World Championships and then the 2004 Olympic Games. She improved her personal best to 12.67 seconds.

European champion

In 2005, she won her first senior gold medal at the 2005 European Indoor Championships in Madrid. But once again she failed to reach the final of the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. She came third in the 2006 World Indoor Championships. Kallur, in her biggest achievement to date, won the 100 m hurdles at the 2006 European Championships in front of her home crowd in Gothenburg. She won in a time of 12.59 sec ahead of Kirsten Bolm and Derval O'Rourke.

Kallur retained her title at the 2007 European Indoor Championships. She finished only fourth in the 100 m hurdles at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, despite running a personal best of 12.51s and having a clear lead to the final hurdle. The Swedish team had grounds for appeal, as eventual winner Michelle Perry had crossed over into Kallur's lane, possibly interfering. But by the time they did register an appeal, the time limit had elapsed.[1][2] After the World Championships, Kallur won the three remaining Golden League events in Berlin, Zürich and Brussels, posting a personal best in the German capital and beating Perry in all three races.

World record and injuries

After posting several fast times throughout the beginning of the 2008 indoor season, Kallur broke the 60 m hurdles indoor world record, posting a time of 7.68 at a meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany on February 10, 2008. Kallur was then the clear favourite for the World Indoor title in Valencia and won her heat in 7.87 seconds, but did not start the semi-finals, pulling out injured.

She fell at the first hurdle of her semi-final of the 100 m women's hurdles event at the 2008 Olympic Games. She missed the entirety of the 2009 season through a stress fracture injury. She had surgery on her shin in late 2008 and, although she had a metal plate removed in June 2009, she declared herself unfit for the 2009 World Championships.[3]

She briefly returned to competition in 2010 running a time of 12.78 in New York City to finish seventh and coming fourth over 100 m hurdles in the first division of the European Cup. However, she was again sidelined from athletics in 2011. She had hoped to compete at the World Championships but did not recover from injury in time. She resumed training in August at a low-intensity, with the aim of competing in the Olympics in 2012.[4]

In March 2017 she competed in European Indoor Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia.[5] She reached the final in 60m hurdles and finished 8th with a time of 8.14 seconds as her last match before retirement.[6]

Personal life

Born on 16 February 1981 in Huntington, New York, U.S., Kallur is now a resident of Falun, Sweden, and trains with Falu IK. Her twin sister Jenny Kallur, who is 4 minutes older, is also a 100 m hurdler. They are daughters of the ice hockey player Anders Kallur, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the New York Islanders, and his wife Lisa.

She is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) and weighs 61 kg (134 lb; 9 st 8 lb). She is coached by Torbjörn Eriksson and also by Karin Torneklint.[7] Often called 'Sanna' in Sweden.

As she was born in the US, she has dual-citizenship. She studied at and competed for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[8][9]

In January 2007 she won the Jerring Award, voted by the people of Sweden to be the best sports person or team in Sweden at the time. Number two in the vote was the Swedish national men's ice hockey team, which won Olympic gold and World Championships in 2006.

Susanna and her twin sister Jenny have also done gymnastics and used to be members of the Swedish Junior National Team.

Competition record

(60m Hurdles) Gold medal (7.80), making it a double win for the twins.
(60m Hurdles) Bronze medal
(100m Hurdles) Gold medal
(60m Hurdles) Gold medal

Personal bests


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-29.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "100m haies". YouTube.
  3. ^ Swedish hurdle star Susanna Kallur drops worlds . Earth Times (2009-07-20). Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  4. ^ [1]. SVD (2011-08-17). Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
  5. ^ "2017 europeans athletics indoor meet belgrade entry list" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Competitions - European Athletics Indoor Championships - European Athletics". european-athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2008-01-01.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) New coach
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-12. Retrieved 2006-08-12.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Her Illinois U profile
  9. ^ Prominent Alumni,
  10. ^ [2] IAAF results
Records Preceded by Ludmila Engquist Women's 60 m Hurdles Indoor World Record Holder February 10, 2008 – present Succeeded byIncumbent