29/01/2019 – Denmark’s Henrik Jorgensen, the winner of the 1988 London Marathon, has died aged 57.
Jorgensen’s win in 1988 was the highlight of a fine career that included appearances at two Olympic Games and victories at the Copenhagen Marathon in 1982 and 1983.
He came close to winning the London Marathon on two separate occasions before eventually triumphing in 1988.
Jorgensen was third in 1983 and then fifth in 1985, when he set a lifetime best of two hours nine minutes and 43 seconds. The time was a Danish record that stood for more than 32 years before finally being broken by Sondra Nordstad Moen in 2017.
It was third time lucky for Jorgensen at the 1988 London Marathon. He was part of a lead pack that included Brits Kevin Forster, Hugh Jones and Charlie Spedding when he decided to make his decisive move about three-and-a-half miles from the finish, close to the Tower of London.
Jorgensen, who was known for always running with an iconic headband, left his rivals in his wake before finishing in a winning time of 2:10:20.
He remains the only athlete from Denmark to win the London Marathon.
Jorgensen married another international Danish marathon runner, Mette Holm Hansen, and the pair had a daughter, Anna Holm, who has followed her parents’ path into athletics. She is a current Danish international and represented Denmark in the marathon at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Running was always a major part of his life and Jorgensen continued to run after his retirement from elite level racing. He was jogging close to his home on the Danish island of Bornholm when he died of heart failure on Saturday 26 January.
Everyone at London Marathon Events Ltd sends their condolences to Henrik’s family and friends.
Source: Virgin Money London Marathon