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Anders Gärderud

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSven Anders•Gärderud
Used nameAnders•Gärderud
Born28 August 1946 in Brännkyrka, Stockholm (SWE)
Measurements186 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsKA2 IF, Karlskrona (SWE) / Enebybergs IF, Enebyberg (SWE) / Mälarhöjdens IK, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden

Biography

Anders Gärderud experimented with several events with little success, before he rose to athletic greatness in the 3,000 m steeplechase. Gärderud’s 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, Gärderud concentrated on the steeplechase, and was favored at the 1972 München Olympics, but was unfortunately suffering from a severe cold, and was eliminated in his heat. Gärderud 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, Gärderud was narrowly beaten by Poland’s Bronisław 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 Gärderud’s career was at the 1976 Montréal Olympics, where, after a stirring contest with Malinowski, Gärderud won gold in a world record time of 8:08.02. Domestically, Gärderud won four Swedish titles – 1,500 metres 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 appeared regularly 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 Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics 800 metres, Men Olympic 4 h5 r1/3 Representing Sweden    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 7 h5 r1/3
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics 5,000 metres, Men Olympic 4 h1 r1/2 Representing Sweden    
  3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic 5 h3 r1/2
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics 1,500 metres, Men Olympic DNS Representing Sweden    
  3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1976 Summer Olympics 28 July 1976 Athletics 3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Final 8:08.02 WR 1

Special Notes