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Eric Backman

Full name: Eric Natanael Backman
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: May 18, 1896 in Acklinga, Tidaholm, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Died: June 29, 1965 in Skövde, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Affiliations: IFK Tidaholm, Tidaholm (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (4 Total)

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Biography

Eric Backman won one silver and three bronze medals at the 1920 Olympics in long-distance and cross-country running. Although he was a world class runner, he was a heavy smoker and enjoyed drinking alcohol. Backman was an eight-time Swedish champion in the 5 and 10K in the years 1918-23, setting Swedish records over 5,000 m, 10,000 m, 5 miles and in the one-hour run. In 1919 Backman won the English AAA Championship over four miles. He was appointed “Stor grabb” #38 in athletics. After 1943 Backman worked in the Volvo factory in Skövde.

Personal Bests\: 3000 – unknown; 5000 – 14:51.0 (1919); 10000 – 31:02.2 (1921).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE AC
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 3,000 metres, Team Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team Sweden SWE 3 Bronze

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Final 3 15:13.0
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Four 2 QU 15:34.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Final AC DNF [lap 21]
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Round One Heat Two 2 QU 32:48.5est 35 m. bh1

Men's 3,000 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP ST MB
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 24 2 8:45.6est 1 m. bh1
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Final 3 24 2 8:45.6est 1 m. bh1
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 12 8 9:02.4est 1 m. bh7

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden Final Standings 2 27:17.6

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP ST
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 23 2 27:17.6
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