Jonathan Edwards (athlete)

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Jonathan Edwards is a British former athlete, arguably the greatest ever triple jumper. He set three world records, and was the first to jump over 18 metres. He has held the world record of 18.29 metres since 1995, although earlier that year he had jumped 18.43 metres with wind assistance. He won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He also won two gold medals in the World Championships. He retired from Triple Jumping after the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

He was a publicly devout Christian, not attending the World Championships in 1991 because he would not compete on Sundays. After his retirement he presented the BBC program "Songs of Praise" until 2007, and also presented a documentary on St Paul. However, since his departure from Songs of Praise he has given interviews confirming his rejection of the Christian faith, telling The Times in 2007 that "When you think about it rationally, it does seem incredibly improbable that there is a God." and "I feel internally happier than at any time of my life."