World records are always cool. OBE’s are always impressive. Olympic medalists are always exciting. So imagine how pumped we were when we managed to roll all of those up in one guest. Well, that’s exactly what we did with Steve Backley.
For over a decade Backley established himself as one of the all-time greats in chucking javelin sticks. In 2002 he was awarded the OBE after being the first British athlete to successfully win four consecutive European Championship titles. In his career he won seven gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze – at Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.
Not only that, he formerly held the world record, and his 91.46 m throw from 1992 is the British record. Do you wanna see it? Of course you do, so here it is:
Now, it’s no secret that Gerry & Dave know nothing about sport. They are the least sporty people since The Chucklebrothers discovered darts. However, strangely it wasn’t all boasting that Steve ended up talking about.
Poor old Steve began having knee problems which lead to the end of his career. He had to have a hip operation, and actually that’s what gets him fired up. When he had to face waiting he decided to look for another option.
If you believe the new research out it suggests 1 in 3 people aged over 60 say the wait for an operation or diagnostic test had a detrimental effect on their mental health. Now, we love the NHS and are not having a go at all the wonderful people that work in a very difficult industry. So, we wanted to know how this affected Steve
…that said, Gerry & Dave also wanted to know if he showed off all his medals when he was getting his OBE or if he’s ever made anyone call him OBE Wan Kinobe.
Basically, it was an interesting chat thrown in with all the silly stuff you can expect from Gerry & Dave