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Anders Gärderud

Full name: Sven Anders Gärderud
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: August 28, 1946 in Brännkyrka, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: KA2 IF, Karlskrona (SWE) / Enebybergs IF, Enebyberg (SWE) / Mälarhöjdens IK, Stockholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Anders Gärderud experimented with several events without any success before he rose to athletic greatness in the steeplechase. Gärderud's first major international event was the 1968 Olympics, where he was eliminated in the heats of the 800 and 1,500 metres. In the following years Gärderud concentrated only on the steeplechase and was favored at the 1972 Olympics but, unfortunately, he was suffering from a bad cold and was eliminated in his heat. He was also eliminated in the heats of the 5K at the Olympics but, only seven days later, set a 3,000 metre steeplechase world record of 8:20.8. At the 1974 European Championships he was narrowly beaten by Bronisław Malinowski from Poland, but managed to break the steeplechase world record twice in 1975, first running 8:10.4 and then 8:09.8 only six days later. The culmination of Gärderud's career was at the 1976 Olympics where, after a stirring contest with Malinowski, Gärderud won the gold medal in a world record 8:08.02. Domestically, Gärderud won four Swedish titlesm 1,500 in 1968-69 and steeplechase in 1971 and 1975. After finishing his sporting career Gärderud worked as an athletics coach, serving as head coach of the Swedish national women’s team and also regularly appeared on Swedish TV as an athletics commentator.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:47.2 (1968); 1500 – 3:36.73 (1974); 5000 – 13:17.59 (1976); 3000S – 8:08.02 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 800 metres Sweden SWE 4 h5 r1/3
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 7 h5 r1/3
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 4 h1 r1/2
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Sweden SWE 5 h3 r1/2
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Sweden SWE 1 Gold WR

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Five 4 1:48.9 1:48.99

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Five 7 3:54,2 3:54,28

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Sweden Round One Heat One 4 13:57,2

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Three 5 8:30,8
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Sweden Final 1 WR 8:08.02
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Sweden Round One Heat One 3 QU 8:21.43
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