“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

Career Highlight

  • 800m World Champion, Edmonton, 2001.


Personal Bests

  • 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


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