Anders Gärderud

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Anders Gärderud
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Sweden
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal 3000 m steeplechase

Sven Anders Gärderud (born 28 August 1946) is a Swedish former athlete, winner of the 3000 m steeplechase event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Born in Stockholm, Gärderud experimented with several events before rising to athletic greatness in the 3000 m steeplechase.

Gärderud's first major competition were the 1968 Summer Olympics, where he was eliminated in the heats of 800 m and 1500 m. In the following years, Gärderud concentrated only to the 3000 m steeplechase, and was already a main favourite at the 1972 Summer Olympics, but, suffering from a cold, he was eliminated in his heat. Gärderud was also eliminated in the heats of the 5000 m at the Olympics, but only seven days later, he set a new 3000 m steeplechase world record of 8:20.8.

At the 1974 European Championships, Gärderud was narrowly beaten by Bronisław Malinowski of Poland, but managed to break the 3000 m steeplechase world record twice in 1975. At first he ran 8:10.4 and only six days later 8:09.8.

The culmination of Gärderud's career was at the 1976 Summer Olympics, where after a stirring contest with Malinowski and Frank Baumgartl, Gärderud won the gold medal in a new world record of 8:08.02. His stirring victory in that event would earn him a share of the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal with cyclist Bernt Johansson.

Gärderud is also an accomplished orienteer and was a member of the winning relay team at the 1977 Swedish Orienteering Championships.

He now regularly appears on Swedish TV as an athletics commentator and has also been national coach for the Swedish women's athletics team and Norwegian orienteering team.

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Records
Preceded by
Australia Kerry O'Brien
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
world record holder

14 September 1972 – 15 January 1973
Succeeded by
Kenya Ben Jipcho
Preceded by
Kenya Ben Jipcho
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
world record holder

25 June 1975 – 13 May 1978
Succeeded by
Kenya Henry Rono
Preceded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Dudin
Poland Bronisław Malinowski
(co-holders)
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
European record holder

14 September 1972 – 24 August 1984
shared with Michael Karst
26 June 1974 – 2 July 1974
Succeeded by
France Joseph Mahmoud
Preceded by
Dan Waern
Men's 800 m
Swedish record holder

11 September 1968 – 4 July 1974
shared with Åke Svensson
from 13 July 1973
Succeeded by
Åke Svensson
Preceded by
Bengt Nåjde
Men's 5000 m
Swedish record holder

26 July 1972 – 25 July 1973
Succeeded by
Bengt Nåjde
Preceded by
Bengt Nåjde
Men's 5000 m
Swedish record holder

7 August 1973 –
Succeeded by
Current holder
Preceded by
Bengt Persson
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
Swedish record holder

13 August 1971 – 28 July 2007
Succeeded by
Mustafa Mohamed
Awards
Preceded by
Ingemar Stenmark
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
with Bernt Johansson

1976
Succeeded by
Frank Andersson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Australia Kerry O'Brien
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
best year performance

1972
Succeeded by
Kenya Ben Jipcho
Preceded by
Kenya Ben Jipcho
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
best year performance

1974–1976
Succeeded by
West Germany Michael Karst