Erik de Bruin

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Erik de Bruin
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Erik de Bruin in 1984
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born (1963-05-25) 25 May 1963 (age 54)
Hardinxveld, the Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 110 kg (240 lb)
Spouse(s) Michelle Smith
Sport Discus throw, shot put
Club V&L-TC, Den Haag

Erik de Bruin (born 25 May 1963 in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Zuid-Holland) is a retired Dutch discus thrower and shot putter. He held the Dutch national record in shot put from 1986 to 2005, and his 68.12 m discus throw record of 1 April 1991 still stands today.

The older brother of discus thrower Corrie de Bruin, he was Holland's leading discus thrower and shot putter in the 1980s and early 1990s. He participated in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, reaching 8th places at the 1984 shot put, and 9th place at the 1988 discus throw event. He was most successful in discus throw, winning silver medals at the 1989 Summer Universiade and 1990 European Championships, and a silver medal at the 1991 World Championships.[1]

De Bruin failed a sports drug test in 1993, but was cleared by the disciplinary committee of the Dutch Athletics Federation (KNAU). The international athletics federation (IAAF) didn't accept this ruling and banned him for four years. In the account of the events surrounding the test and appeal, in his wife's book, it is maintained that finances had prevented De Bruin from appealing the conviction and ban fully to prove his innocence.[2]

Erik and Michelle Smith-de Bruin and their two children live in Kells, Ireland, where Michelle practices as a barrister. Michelle controversially won Olympic gold medals for swimming, while being trained by Erik, and was later banned for urine sample tampering. Erik's younger sister Corrie de Bruin is a former Olympic discus thrower.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Netherlands
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 9th Discus 63.06 m

1990: European Championship – silver – 64,46 m 1991: World Championship – silver – 65,82 m


  1. ^ a b Erik de Bruin.
  2. ^ Michelle Smith (1996) Gold, ISBN 1851589309