“In Europe, maybe most youngsters think it is safer to go to university and then get a high paying job. After all, there are easier ways to earn a living than as an 800m runner!" – Andre Bucher
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- IAAF Andre Bucher Interview 2001.
- British Milers Club Andre Bucher Interview 2003.
Swiss media used to refer to Andre Bucher as “The Great White Hope”. The title meant nothing to Bucher; colour or nationality aside, Bucher earnt his spot on top of the world 800m rankings through the combinations of raw talent, smart and consistent training from a young age, and bold front-running.
Runner’s Tribe took a look back over the career and training of this magnificent 2-lapper.
- D.O.B: 19 October 1976
- Country: Switzerland
- 800m World Champion, Edmonton, 2001.
- 400m: 46.23
- 600m: 1:14.72
- 800m: 1:42.55
- 1000m: 2:15.63
- 1500m: 3:38.44
- 3000m: 8:16.90
- 3000m Steeplechase: 9:09.73
- 5000m: 14:06.77
- 10,000m: 30:40.50
Don’t specialize too early
“As a junior, I thought that I will be a long distance runner in the future. But my coach always motivated me to try various distances... and finally I found the event that suited me best. I found a distance that combines endurance, speed, power; my training is never boring at all.” - Andre Bucher
As a junior athlete, Bucher was a top Swiss runner over events ranging from cross-country, to 5000m-10,000m events, to the 3000m steeplechase. During these years Bucher laid down the aerobic foundations on which to launch his senior career from.
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