Eric Backman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Eric Backman

athletics competitor

Date of Birth: 18-May-1896

Place of Birth: Acklinga, Västra Götaland County, Sweden

Date of Death: 29-Jun-1965

Profession: athletics competitor

Nationality: Sweden

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Eric Backman

  • Eric Natanael Backman (18 May 1896 – 29 June 1965) was a Swedish long distance runner who had his best achievements at the 1920 Summer Olympics.
  • He won the silver medal in the 8,000 m cross-country race, 2.6 seconds behind the legendary Paavo Nurmi.
  • This second place helped the Swedish cross-country team to win the bronze medal behind Finland and Great Britain, as two other team members finished 10th and 11th.
  • This scenario repeated in the 3,000 m event – Backman finished second and other Swedes 10th and 12th; this time Backman did not receive an individual medal, but he again pulled up the Swedish team to the third place.
  • In the 5,000 metres Backman finished third, again behind Paavo Nurmi.Backman was a heavy smoker and enjoyed alcohol, yet he was an eight-time Swedish champion in the 5,000 m and 10,000 m in 1918–23, and held Swedish records over 5,000 m, 10,000 m, 5 miles and one-hour run.
  • After 1943 he worked in the Volvo factory in Skövde.

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