Swedish discus record holder Ricky Bruch passed away today after his last battle – with a cancer.
In 1967 he won his first of eleven Swedish Championships title in discus throw. He was also an outstanding shot putter with a lifetime best of 20.28 m and a bronze award from the European Championships 1971. In 1969 he won his first major medal in discus – silver – at the European Championships in Athens with a 61.08 m. He equaled the world record with a throw of 68.40 m in June 1972. At the Olympic Games in Munich (1972) he won bronze with 63.40 m.
Four years later Bruch missed the final at the Olympic Games in Montreal and started bodybuilding. He made a wonderful comeback in 1984 with a new Swedish record of 71.26 m. The record that still stands today.
His autobiography “Gladiatorns kamp” (“The Gladiator´s Battle”) was released in 1990.
Throughout his career, Bruch was known as being both outspoken and controversial. He readily changed his opinions on various matters, and represented around a dozen athletics teams, including his own IK Diskus.
Bruch was also an actor, his filmography includes “Anche gli angeli tirano di destro” (1974), “Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn” (1978), “Dante – akta’re för Hajen!” (1978) and “Ronja Rövardotter”(1984). In 1985 Stefan Jarl released a documentary about Ricky Bruch – “Själen är större än världen”.
“The Life Of Ricky Bruch”