|Roles||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Eric Natanael•Backman|
|Born||18 May 1896 in Acklinga, Tidaholm (SWE)|
|Died||29 June 1965 in Skövde (SWE)|
|Measurements||172 cm / 64 kg|
|Affiliations||IFK Tidaholm, Tidaholm (SWE)|
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).
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1920 Summer Olympics||Athletics||SWE||Eric Backman|
|5,000 metres, Men (Olympic)||3||Bronze|
|10,000 metres, Men (Olympic)|
|3,000 metres, Team, Men (Olympic)||Sweden||3||Bronze|
|Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic)||2||Silver|
|Cross-Country, Team, Men (Olympic)||Sweden||3||Bronze|