A banner week for Swedish athletics began last Monday with the return of international indoor athletics to Stockholm when the Satra 100 GP, a European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting, took place for the first time.
Seven days later, Sweden was celebrating victories in both the men’s and women’s competitions at the Nordenkampen ahead of Norway, Finland and a combined team from Denmark and Iceland.
And if that wasn’t enough, there were no fewer than six Swedish senior records to celebrate in that timespan as well.
4 February - Stockholm, Sweden
Fanny Roos produced one of the highlights of the inaugural Satra 100 GP. Making her season’s debut, Roos improved her national indoor record to 18.27m in the second round before extending that mark in the fifth round to 18.33m.
6 February - Torun, Poland
Two days later, Roos was in record-breaking form again at the Copernicus Cup in Torun where she improved her record to 18.35m, the third longest throw of her career.
On the track, Kalle Berglund finished third in the 1500m, a fraction behind Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski on his season’s debut. There were national records for both: 3:36.50 for Lewandowski and 3:36.63 for Berglund.
The week concluded with a trio of Swedish records on Sunday: two on the roads and one indoors.
10 February - Barcelona, Spain
In the Barcelona Half Marathon, Napoleon Solomon and Robel Fsiha were both inside the previous national record of 62:09. They finished fifth and sixth in 61:17 and 61:19 respectively. There was also a Swedish over-40 record for Mustafa Mohamed in 11th in 63:01.
10 February - Schoorl, the Netherlands
At the Great Schoorl Run in the Netherlands, former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta lowered her Swedish 10km record to a European-leading 31:09 to defeat European 10,000m silver medallist Susan Krumins by two seconds.
10 February - Baerum, Norway
Back at the Nordenkampen in Baerum, former European U23 silver medallist Michaela Meijer set a Swedish and Nordic record of 4.75m - one of a string of victories which helped Sweden to the team title.