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World record holder Jonathan Edwards unveiled as Eurosport’s lead presenter

World record holder Jonathan Edwards unveiled as Eurosport’s lead presenter
By Eurosport

18/02/2016 at 08:00Updated 18/02/2016 at 12:38

Triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards has joined Eurosport as lead presenter.

The Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth triple jump gold medallist will be the international presenter for some of the greatest events on the sporting calendar, hosted exclusively by Eurosport.

Since retiring from athletics, Jonathan has worked in broadcasting at countless sporting events, including as a presenter and analyst at the past four Olympic Games.

The 49-year-old, who still holds the triple jump world record with his 18.29m leap at the 1995 World Championships, will make his debut as the face of Eurosport’s flagship programming this May at the European Aquatics Championships in London (9–22 May). He will then present exclusively for Eurosport from January 2017.

“It will be a huge honour to tell the stories of the world’s greatest sporting events to passionate fans right across the world, including from the Olympic Games,” Edwards said.

“Eurosport is fast becoming the number one destination for live and exclusive sport and I am thrilled to be a part of its continued growth.

“Having been in front of the camera at the previous four Olympic Games, I know how important it is to help translate the power and excitement of the Games to viewers and I look forward to working with Eurosport as they plan for PyeongChang 2018.”

British Olympic athlete Jonathan Edwards while competing

British Olympic athlete Jonathan Edwards while competingReuters

Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton added: “Securing Jonathan as Eurosport’s lead presenter is a further example of our ambition to tell the best sports stories, with the best sports storytellers, and to fuel the passion of fans leading up to our Olympic Games coverage in 2018 and beyond.

“Jonathan was the ultimate professional as an athlete and has since become one of the foremost voices of sports broadcasting. As a world class presenter, commentator and journalist, he will bring expert insight to Eurosport viewers across all our markets.”

Edwards’s role will also see him at the forefront of Eurosport’s coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, following last year’s announcement by the IOC that it had awarded all TV and multiplatform broadcast rights in Europe to Discovery and Eurosport for the 2018-2024 Olympic Games.

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