Sweden snags six medals in Gothenburg

Sweden took home an unexpected tally of six medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg at the weekend, including a spectacular gold by runner Abeba Aregawi.

Sweden snags six medals in Gothenburg

“It feels wonderful, the Swedish audience supported me very well,” 22-year-old Aregawi said after winning the women’s 1,500m, according to the event’s website.

Aregawi, a native of Ethiopia who is married to a Swede and took Swedish citizenship in 2009, took an early lead in the race and never looked back, crossing the finish line at the Scandinavium arena nearly ten seconds ahead of the next runner.

Aregawi’s gold on Saturday was Sweden’s only top finish in a weekend that nevertheless saw the Swedish athletics team capture a surprising six medals after coming up empty last summer at the Olympic games in London.

Also on Saturday, long jumper Erica Jarder’s leap of 6.71m was both a personal best and enough to qualify for a bronze medal.

On Sunday, sprinter Moa Hjelmer finished strong in the 400m sprint, managing to capture a bronze medal with a time of 52.04s and setting a new Swedish record in the process.

More medals were to come when long jumper Michel Tornéus’s jump of 8.29m gave him a silver medal as well as a new Swedish record.

Tornéus didn’t let the fact that he was a mere two centimetres from the gold, won by Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov, detract from his excitement.

“I’m more happy about it being silver than being disappointed that it wasn’t gold,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“I’ve never won a silver at a championship before, so this is going to be the best medal I have at home in my trophy case.”

The weekend concluded with a Swedish double in the women’s high jump, with Ebba Jungmark and Emma Green Tregaro both clearing 1.96m, resulting in a silver for Jungmark and bronze for Green Tregaro.

“I really dreamt of winning a gold medal here at home, but it wasn’t today. But I’m still really happy,” Jungmark told TV4 after the competition.

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Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.