Anders Michanek

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Anders Michanek
Anders Michanek Intercontinental Final.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Sweden
Date of birth (1943-05-30) 30 May 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth    Stockholm, Sweden
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Gamarna
Long Eaton Archers
Getingarna
Leicester Lions
Newcastle Diamonds
Reading Racers
Cradley Heath Heathens
Gamarna
Rospiggarna
1965-1966 (SWE)
1967
1967-1983 (SWE)
1968
1970
1971-1973, 1975, 1981
1977
1984-1985 (SWE)
1989 (SWE)
Individual honours
World Champion
Long Track World Champion
Swedish Champion
1974
1977
1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1982
Team honours
World Pairs Champion
World Team Champion
Swedish Pairs Champion
Swedish Team Champion
1973, 1974, 1975
1970
1965, 1970, 1974, 1975
1967, 1969, 1974, 1978, 1979,
1981, 1982, 1983

Anders Michanek (born 30 May 1943 in Stockholm, Sweden)[1] is a Speedway rider. In 1974 he won the Speedway World Championship in his Swedish homeland with a maximum score of 15 points.[2]

Career[edit]

Michanek had a very successful career riding in the British League. He initially signed for the Long Eaton Archers in 1967 before going on to ride for various clubs including Leicester Lions, Newcastle Diamonds, Reading Racers, Ipswich Witches and Cradley Heath Heathens.

Michanek won the World Final in 1974 at the Ullevi Stadium in Göteborg, and won the Swedish Individual Championship several times.[3] He won the World Long Track Final in 1977 at Aalborg in Denmark.[4]

When Michanek finished second behind Denmark's Ole Olsen in the 1975 World Final at London's Wembley Stadium, it was reported that he was relieved to have relinquished his world title as he had not enjoyed the pressure of being the World Champion. Reports also told that he only started to enjoy the 1975 Final after finishing third in his opening heat behind Olsen and Russian rider Viktor Trofimov knowing that from that point he was not likely to repeat his 1974 win. This was reflected when he came out and won his final four races to finish 2 points behind the undefeated Olsen in second place.

Anders Michanek also won the Speedway World Pairs Championship in 1974 at the Hyde Road Speedway in Manchester with Sören Sjösten, and backed that up in 1975 in Wrocław, Poland with Tommy Jansson. He also won the Speedway World Team Cup with Sweden in 1970.

In 1977, Michanek won the Long Track World Championship in Aalborg, Denmark.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Individual World Championship[edit]

World Pairs Championship[edit]

World Team Cup[edit]

Long Track World Championship[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, Peter; Mauger, Ivan OBE, MBE (1976). Who's Who of World Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. ISBN 0-904584-04-6. 
  2. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
  3. ^ "Swedish Champion", Speedway Star, 9 September 1978, p. 8
  4. ^ "World Long Track", Speedway Star, 9 September 1978, p. 8