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André Bucher

André Bucher

Swiss middle-distance runner
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Swiss middle-distance runner
A.K.A. Andre Bucher
Countries Switzerland
Occupations Middle-distance runner Athletics competitor
Gender male
Birth 19 October 1976 (Neudorf)
Star sign Libra
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 78 kg
The details

André Bucher (born 19 October 1976) is a retired Swiss 800 metres runner who ran for Adidas. He is best known for winning the gold medal at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton in his event. Bucher also won the indoor bronze that same year. He was born in Neudorf.

Bucher won two European Championship silver medals in 1998, 2002 and also silver at the 2002 Indoor. Other achievements include finishing third at the 2003 IAAF World Athletics Final.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney a medal was possibly chiselled out of him when he was barged by his competitor Andrea Longo. While Bucher finished the race in fifth place, Longo was later disqualified.

On 17 August 2001, Bucher posted a personal best of 1:42.55 minutes in the 800 meters. That time currently ranks him as the 15th fastest athlete in history. On that race, he beat the young Yuriy Borzakovskiy by a decent margin. The week after, Borzakovskiy would post the time that currently makes him 8th fastest in history.

Bucher retired in May 2007 due to a long-term heel injury.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Switzerland
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 1500 m 3:40.46
1995 European Junior Championships Nyíregyháza, Hungary 2nd 800 m 1:46.73
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 11th (sf) 800 m 1:46.41
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 2nd 800 m 1:47.13
World Championships Athens, Greece 14th (sf) 800 m 1:46.88
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 800 m 1:45.04 (NR)
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 23rd (h) 800 m 1:52.43
Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2nd 800 m 1:46.49
World Championships Seville, Spain 19th (sf) 800 m 1:48.07
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th 800 m 1:45.40
16th (h) 4x400 m relay 3:06.01
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 800 m 1:46.46
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 800 m 1:43.70
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd 800 m 1:44.93 (iNR)
European Championships Munich, Germany 2nd 800 m 1:47.43
2003 World Championships Paris, France 11th (sf) 800 m 1:46.67
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 38th (h) 800 m 1:47.34
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 23rd (h) 800 m 1:47.97
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