The extraordinary story of one of Britain's sporting heroes who combined outstanding talent with his spiritual beliefs, to become an athlete of worldwide acclaim. Jonathan Edwards became an instant celebrity when he broke a 10-year-old world record for the triple jump at Gothenburg in 1995.
This book charts his struggle to reach the top in his sporting career, but it is also more than just another tale from the locker room. At the core of Edwards' life has been his Christian faith, reversing an earlier refusal to compete on Sundays, believing he had been given a gift and it was his responsibility to use it.
For Jonathan Edwards the athletics track has provided a platform for his evangelism, but also a devastating test of his faith. In 1992, he travelled to Barcelona with real hope of winning a medal. Instead he crashed out in the qualifying round, leaving him to question his future and his faith. He fought back from illness in 1995 to achieve his remarkable world record, but had to take the silver medal instead of gold in Atlanta.
As he prepares for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Edwards reflects here with candour and warmth over his sporting and spiritual journey thus far, and on the battle that lies ahead.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 06 / 2000