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Erik de Bruin

Full name: Erik de Bruin
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 243 lbs (110 kg)
Born: May 25, 1963 in Hardinxveld, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: V&L-TC, Den Haag (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Michelle Smith; Brother of Corrie de Bruin.

Biography

Talented in both the shot put and discus throw, Erik de Bruin competed in the final of both these events at the Los Angeles Olympics. Subsequently concentrating on the discus, de Bruin captured international medals at the 1990 European Championships (silver) and the 1991 World Championships (silver). He was favored for a medal at the Barcelona Olympics, but missed the competition due to mononucleosis. In Spain, he did meet the woman who would become his wife, the then unknown Irish swimmer Michelle Smith. In 1993, de Bruin's career abruptly ended when he was had a doping positive briefly before the World Championships in Stuttgart. De Bruin always maintained his innocence, and he was eventually cleared of wrongdoing by the Dutch federation. Nevertheless, the IAAF upheld a four-year ban, and de Bruin never competed again. Between 1981 and 1993, he had won a total of 38 Dutch titles, 13 in both indoor and outdoor shot put, and 12 in the discus throw. He again made headlines in 1996, when he coached his wife to three Olympic titles in swimming, amid widespread but unproven rumours of doping use. Two years later Smith was found guilty of tampering with a urine sample and, like her husband, banned from competition for four years. The couple live in Ireland, where Smith works as a barrister. Erik's younger sister, Corrie de Bruin is a former junior world champion in the discus throw.

Personal Bests: SP – 20.95 (1986); DT – 68.12 (1991).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Shot Put Netherlands NED 8
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Discus Throw Netherlands NED 9
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Men's Discus Throw Netherlands NED 9

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round 8 19.65
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round One 8 19.65
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Two 8 foul 19.65
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Three 8 foul 19.65
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Four 8 pass 19.65
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Five 8 foul 19.65
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Six NP foul
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round 10 QC 19.28
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B 5 19.28
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round One 4 19.20
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 5 19.28 19.28
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 19.07

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round 9 62.32
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round One 10 56.88
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Two 8 62.32 62.32
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Three 9 60.10 62.32
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round 7 QC 61.56 61.06
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B 5 61.56 61.06
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round One 3 60.76
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 6 61.06 61.06
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 61.56
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Final Round 9 63.06
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round One 6 63.06
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Two 7 foul 63.06
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Final Round Round Three 9 foul 63.06
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round 10 QC 61.66
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B 7 61.66
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round One 9 58.56
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 8 60.72 60.72
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Netherlands Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 61.66
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