WICTOR PETERSSON, SHOT-PUTTER, MALMÖ AI
“I’ve been dreaming of the Paris Olympics since I was a kid”
Wictor Petersson, born on 1 May 1998, is a shot-putter from Hässleholm who currently competes for Malmö AI. Petersson won bronze in the shot put at the European U23 Championships held in Gävle in July 2019, with a throw of 19.53 metres. Now he aims to win gold at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
TALENTED SHOT-PUTTER GOING FOR GOLD IN THE 2024 OLYMPICS
Wictor Petersson is a shot-putter with big dreams. At 23 years young, he is already the Swedish champion and has competed at the biggest arenas. Petersson is now aiming to represent Sweden at the World Athletics Championships, to be held in the US in July. A milestone on his way to winning a medal at the 2024 Olympics.
Petersson has been planning to achieve great things in athletics for a very long time. When he was 9, he was allowed to go to Göingevallen in Hässleholm with his sister to try out a number of different sports. He quickly developed an affinity for all sports involving strength, and after a few years he decided to focus entirely on shot-putting.
“I think both I and the people around me discovered early on that I had a talent for throwing. The combination of strength and technique is something I’ve always liked, and want to develop further. I decided to go all-in on shot-putting during the 2015 World Youth Championships in Colombia. I’ll never forget what it felt like to compete in short put in front of 50,000 spectators.”
TRAINING FIVE DAYS A WEEK
It’s been seven years since the World Youth Championships in Colombia. Now he’s 23 years old and competes as a senior for Malmö AI on a national level, and for Sweden on the international stage. He’s won gold in national championships, as well as competed at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Although many people view these events as fantastic achievements, Petersson entirely focused on the future. His training schedule is packed – two sessions a day, five days a week.
“The Doha World Championships and the Tokyo Olympics were two brilliant experiences. Back then, I was competing mainly to gain experience and learn as much as I could. Now my sights are set on becoming even stronger and continuing to break new personal records. It takes a lot of time and patience to succeed in a sport like shotputting, and I’m ready to put in the hours.”
AIMING FOR THE PARIS OLYMPICS
The World Championships are to be held in the US this summer, and his hopes are pinned on reaching the final. But Petersson dreams of competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. By then he’ll have turned 26, which according to sporting history is the perfect age for shot-putters. Petersson is aiming is to win a medal for Sweden. He has a whole team of people behind him who are encouraging and supporting him as he chases his dream.
“I’ve been dreaming of the Paris Olympics since I was a kid. And now it’s on the horizon. I’m so greatful I’m surrounded by people who can see my potential and want me to go all-in. It’s thanks to people like Staffan Jönsson, my coach, and the sponsorship provided by Mellby Gård that I can make my dream come true.”