The World’s Fastest Interview with triple jumper Olha Saladuha


The reigning world, European and European indoor champion Olha Saladuha on losing her luggage on Diamond League duty, mother-daughter time and pancakes for breakfast.

If you had to choose another event to star in, what would it be?  

I would run 100m hurdles and 60m hurdles, it was my first event in athletics.                                                         

What did you have for breakfast today?


Nice, it’s not even pancake day. Favourite pre-comp snack?

Pasta with cheese.

What are your plans for today?  

Having some free time with my daughter. Walking, playing and shopping.

If anyone could play you in a film, who would it be?

Angelina Jolie, because like Angelina I have a birthmark on my head.

Who was your most impressive teacher at school and why?

My PE teacher. He recommended me to join an athletics group.

What is the best joke you’ve ever heard?

It was not a joke I heard but something that happened to me. I arrived at the Rome Diamond League meeting in 2010 and my baggage didn’t arrive. I only received it two weeks later!

If you weren’t an athlete what would you be doing?

I’d be in the fashion business.

How much money do you have in your pocket at the moment?

$300, because I’m about to go shopping with my daughter.

Do you have a favourite holiday destination?

Any warm and nice places.

Could you name your three celebrity dinner party guests?

Paulo Coelho [the Brazilian novelist], Antonio Gaudí [architect of, among other things, Barcelona] and Madonna.