Jonsson follows sports award with world cup biathlon win

The day after scooping up one of Sweden’s most prestigious athletic awards, biathlete Helena Jonsson won the season-opening World Cup 15km race in Östersund in northern Sweden.

Jonsson follows sports award with world cup biathlon win

Jonsson proved deserving of her world number one ranking on Wednesday by clocking 43min 01sec with one penalty for a missed target to finish 22 seconds ahead of compatriot Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek, with Darya Domracheva of Belarus third at 1min 16sec.

It is the fourth world success for the 25-year-old who won here last year, and the first time that Swedes took the top two spots in a world cup event.

“It’s great. Now we can share the pressure,” Jonsson told Sveriges Television (SVT).

Jonsson’s win comes a day after was awarded with the esteemed Bragdguldet sports award by the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

In winning the award, given out each annually to honour the year’s top athletic feat, the biathlete beat out a host of other formidable Swedish stars such as footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, tennis star Robin Söderling, and swimmer Sarah Sjöström.

“It almost can’t be any better. Obviously yesterday brought me positive feelings,” Jonsson said of her back-to-back Bragdguldet and world cup wins.

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Sweden remembers popular folk legend

Swedes are paying tribute to one of the Nordic country's most beloved artists and comedians, Robert Broberg, who passed away in the early hours of Tuesday.

Sweden remembers popular folk legend
Swedish artist Robert Broberg. Photo: Gunnar Ask/Pressens bild AB

Robert 'Robban' Broberg died surrounded by his family shortly after midnight on Tuesday. The 75-year-old artist had been battling an unusual form of Parkinson's disease for years.

“He fell asleep peacefully, with the children around him,” his daughter Ane Broberg told Swedish news wire TT.

Born in Solna north of Stockholm in 1940, the singer and guitarist reached his height of popularity in the 1970s and released more than 20 albums during his long career.

Robert Broberg in 1965. Photo: SCANPIX

Many Swedes, young and old, are still able to recite some of Broberg's most famous lyrics by heart – such as cheeky 'Uppblåsbara Barbara' about an inflatable doll and pun-heavy tune 'Båtlåt' about two boats falling in love.

Stars such as opera singer Malena Ernman were among those leading social media tributes to the popular artist on Tuesday.

“One of our greatest,” wrote Ernman of her friend and colleague.

Meanwhile public broadcaster SVT is set to interrupt its usual schedule with an extra tribute on Sunday in memory of the star, who was widely considered to be one of Sweden's foremost lyricists.

“He was so incredibly special. I have never met such a talented artist. I don't want people to associate him with his illness – he was more than that,” his ex-wife Eva Bolin told the Expressen tabloid.