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Ricky Bruch

Full name: Björn Richard "Ricky" Bruch
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5.5 (198 cm)
Weight: 309 lbs (140 kg)
Born: July 2, 1946 in Örgryte, Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Died: May 30, 2011 in Ystad, Skåne, Sweden
Affiliations: MAI, Malmö (SWE) / IFK Helsingborg, Helsingborg (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Known as being both outspoken and controversial, Ricky Bruch started out as a shot putter, but later switched to discus throwing. He represented around a dozen clubs, including his own IK Diskus. Bruch was a solid athlete, but failed to achieve the success expected of him. The highlight of his career came in 1972, when he equalled the world record of 68.40 metres at the Dagens Nyheter games in Stockholm and, later that season, won a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics.

Bruch’s other honors include discus silver at the 1969 European Championships and bronze at the 1974 Europeans, shot put bronze at the 1971 European Indoor Championships, and discus gold at the 1970 European Cup. He was also Swedish discus champion in 1967, 1969-70, 1972-78, and 1983; and shot put champion in 1970 and 1972.

During his sporting career, Bruch also dabbled in acting, starting with Italian action comedy film Anche gli angeli tirano di destroy (1974), followed by the Danish comedy Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn (1978), Swedish comedy Dante - akta're för Hajen! (1978), and the Swedish family adventure Ronja Robbersdaughter (1984). In 1971 he also released the musical single “Baby Do Do.” Bruch’s autobiography Gladiatorns kamp (The Gladiator's Battle) was published in 1990, and an anthology of his poetry, Själ och kropp: Dikter (Body and Soul: Poems), came out in 1975. Bruch later admitted to doping and supplying other Swedish athlete with performance enhancing drugs.

Personal Best: DT – 71.26 (1984).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Discus Throw Sweden SWE 8
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Men's Discus Throw Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1976 Summer 30 Montréal Athletics Men's Discus Throw Sweden SWE 20 QR

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round 8 59.28
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round Round One 7 58.94
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Two 8 58.02 58.94
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Three 8 58.12 58.94
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Four 8 59.28 59.28
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Five 8 58.50 59.28
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Six NP 58.34
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round 8 QU 59.08
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A 8 59.08
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round One 8 59.08
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 8 pass 59.08
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round 3 63.40
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round Round One 6 59.12
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Two 9 foul 59.12
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Three 6 61.52 61.52
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Four 3 62.76 62.76
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Five 2 63.40 63.40
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Final Round Round Six NP 62.60
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round 5 QU 61.24 NM
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A 2 61.24 NM
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 61.24
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 pass 61.24
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1976 Summer 30 Montréal Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round 20 58.06
1976 Summer 30 Montréal Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A 13 58.06
1976 Summer 30 Montréal Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round One 9 56.98
1976 Summer 30 Montréal Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 14 foul 56.98
1976 Summer 30 Montréal Athletics Sweden Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 58.06
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