Steve Backley OBE
BSc in PE and Sports Science, 1992
Hon DTech, 2002
Steve Backley is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games – Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, and Sydney 2000.
During his time at Loughborough Steve competed regularly out for the University and still holds the Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club javelin record with a throw of 89.58 metres
Steve turned to the javelin after initially starting out in athletics as a cross-country and middle distance runner. 25 years later he was four times European javelin champion and won the Commonwealth Games three times. Steve is the first British athlete to have medalled at three consecutive Olympic Games. He made the world top 10 every year since 1989 and on three occasions has been world number one.
Consistently ranked in the world’s top 10 in the javelin every year between 1989 and 2002, he became world number one in 1990, having broken the World Record three times. In the same year, he was crowned World Athlete of the Year by the IAAF.
During his career, he won four gold medals at the European Championships; three Commonwealth Games gold medals; two silvers at the World Championships; and two silvers and a bronze at the Olympic Games.
When he retired from athletics in 2004, after a career spanning more than 15 years, he turned his attention to a range of business and media ventures including corporate motivational speaking and sports commentary. He is also co-author of The Winning Mind.