Full name: Robert Hudson "Bob" Backus
Height: 6-4.5 (195 cm)
Weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
Born: July 11, 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 30, 1999 in Hanover, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Related Olympians: Husband (divorced) of Elsa Torikka.
Bob Backus was a weight thrower for the New York AC and Tufts. He was AAU hammer champion in 1954 but with the 56-lb weight, he won seven consecutive outdoor titles (1953-59), and also won seven indoor titles with the 35-lb. weight (1954-59, 1961). He was Pan American Games hammer champion in 1955 and finished third at that event in 1959. Backus did not qualify for the hammer throw at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics after finishing sixth in both Final Trials.
Backus took up weightlifting after he was dropped from the Army Air Force cadet program because he was too thin, at 6-5, 160 lbs. He built up to 290 lbs. and became a proponent of weightlifting for athletes, later serving as a fitness consultant to the New York Yankees. He lived in Pembroke, Massachusetts and owned a gymnasium there.
Personal Best\: HT – 61.39 (201-5) (1959).
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||Men's Hammer Throw||United States||USA||13|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Final Round||13||52.11|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Final Round||Round One||NP||foul|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Final Round||Round Two||12||52.11||52.11|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Final Round||Round Three||13||foul||52.11|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||23||QU||49.39|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group A||13||49.39|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group A Round 1||10||49.39|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group A Round 2||13||49.39||pass|
|1952 Summer||26||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Qualifying Round||Group A Round 3||DNS||pass|