Champion high jumper Kasja Bergqvist has confirmed that she is in a "fantastic" relationship with a woman.
The Swedish athlete, who won the world high jumping title in 2005 as well as a bronze medal in 2000 Olympics, is quoted in an upcoming issue of the Swedish gay magazine QX as saying that while she and her partner, Kristina, have been together for a while, they haven't gone public until now because of privacy issues.
Outsports has run the following translated quote from Bergqvist: "We would like to take this at our own pace, and it is only now when and Kristina have been together for a while that we feel secure with each other and in the relationship. Therefore, we felt that we could come out with this."
About a year ago Berqvist divorced her husband, Swedish film director Mans Herngren.