Full name: Sven Anders GÃ¤rderud
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: August 28, 1946 in BrÃ¤nnkyrka, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: KA2 IF, Karlskrona (SWE) / Enebybergs IF, Enebyberg (SWE) / MÃ¤larhÃ¶jdens IK, Stockholm (SWE)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Anders GÃ¤rderud experimented with several events with little success, before he rose to athletic greatness in the 3,000 m steeplechase. GÃ¤rderudâs first major tournament was the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where he was eliminated in the heats of the 800 and 1,500 metres. In the following years, GÃ¤rderud concentrated on the steeplechase, and was favored at the 1972 MÃ¼nchen Olympics, but was unfortunately suffering from a severe cold, and was eliminated in his heat. GÃ¤rderud was also eliminated in the heats of the 5,000 m at the 1972 Olympics, but only seven days later, set a steeplechase world record of 8:20.8.
At the 1974 European Championships, GÃ¤rderud was narrowly beaten by Polandâs [BronisÅaw Malinowski], but he then broke the steeplechase world record twice in 1975, first recording 8:10.4 and then six days later bettering that with 8:09.8. The culmination of GÃ¤rderudâs career was at the 1976 MontrÃ©al Olympics, where, after a stirring contest with Malinowski, GÃ¤rderud won gold in a world record time of 8:08.02. Domestically, GÃ¤rderud won four Swedish titles â 1,500 metres in 1968-69 and steeplechase in 1971 and 1975. After finishing his sporting career, GÃ¤rderud worked as an athletics coach, serving as head coach of the Swedish national womenâs team and also appeared regularly on Swedish TV as an athletics commentator.
Personal Bests: 800 â 1:47.2 (1968); 1500 â 3:36.73 (1974); 5000 â 13:17.59 (1976); 3000S â 8:08.02 (1976).
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Men's 800 metres||Sweden||SWE||4 h5 r1/3|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Sweden||SWE||7 h5 r1/3|
|1972 Summer||25||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Men's 5,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||4 h1 r1/2|
|1972 Summer||25||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Sweden||SWE||5 h3 r1/2|
|1976 Summer||29||MontrÃ©al||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Sweden||SWE||1||Gold||WR|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Sweden||Round One||Heat Five||4||1:48.9||1:48.99|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Sweden||Round One||Heat Five||7||3:54,2||3:54,28|
|1972 Summer||25||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Sweden||Round One||Heat One||4||13:57,2|
|1972 Summer||25||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Sweden||Round One||Heat Three||5||8:30,8|
|1976 Summer||29||MontrÃ©al||Athletics||Sweden||Round One||Heat One||3||QU||8:21.43|