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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.

André Bucher
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing   Switzerland
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Edmonton 800 m
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Lisbon 800 m
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1998 Budapest 800 m
Silver medal – second place 2002 Munich 800 m
European Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2002 Vienna 800 m

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 into 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.[1] 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.[2]



  1. ^ "800 Metres All Time". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris (13 May 2007). "2001 World Champion Bucher retires". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2007.

Preceded by
  Marcel Schelbert
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
  Simon Ammann
Preceded by
  Jan Železný
Men's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
  Dwain Chambers