Frantz Kruger

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Frantz Kruger (born 22 May 1975 in Kempton Park, South Africa) is a South African born Finnish discus thrower who won the Olympic bronze medal in 2000. He is also a double African champion. His personal best throw of 70.32 metres, achieved in May 2002 in Salon-de-Provence, is the current African record.[1]

He was married to Finnish former triple jumper Heli Koivula Kruger (divorced 2016), and received Finnish citizenship in 2007.[2] Kruger has been available to represent Finland by a special permit from the government of IAAF since 20 August 2007. In international discus competition at Helsingborg, he set a new Finnish discus record, 69.97 metres.[3]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  South Africa
1994 African Junior Championships Algiers, Algeria 1st Shot put 14.17 m
1st Discus throw 55.86 m
World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st Discus throw 58.22 m
1997 Universiade Catania, Italy 6th Discus throw 61.64 m
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st Discus throw 62.17 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd Discus throw 63.93 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st Discus throw 66.90 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 17th (q) Discus throw 62.02 m
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 1st Discus throw 61.02 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd Discus throw 68.19 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 8th Discus throw 65.27 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 1st Discus throw 67.84 m
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 1st Discus throw 66.39 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 6th Discus throw 65.26 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th Discus throw 60.05 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 5th Discus throw 64.34 m
African Championships Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 1st Discus throw 63.85 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 8th Discus throw 59.65 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th Discus throw 64.23 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th Discus throw 63.19 m
Representing  Finland
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 19th (q) Discus throw 60.72 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 11th Discus throw 61.98 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th Discus throw 59.77 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 19th (q) Discus throw 59.55 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Area Outdoor Records - Men - Africa -
  2. ^ "Frantz Kruger sai Suomen kansalaisuuden" (in Finnish). 13 June 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  3. ^ Jarmo Färdig (16 September 2007). "Helsingin Sanomat: Frantz Kruger SE-vireessä: 69,97 metriä" (in Finnish). Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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