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Bob Backus

Full name: Robert Hudson "Bob" Backus
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5" (195 cm)
Weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
Born: July 11, 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 1, 1999 in Hanover, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

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.

Personal Best: HT – 61.39 (201-5) (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 13

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
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