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Former javelin ace on how mental strength helped him succeed

Last Updated: 18/06/12 1:57pm

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The latest episode of our Sporting Chapters series features the only British track and field athlete to win medals at three different Olympic Games.

Steve Backley, who also won gold four times at the European Championships, took three Commonwealth Games titles and is a former world record holder, shares his secrets for success in new book 'The Champion In All Of Us'.

He discusses the ideas behind the book and his career with Sporting Chapters' Lynsey Hooper.

Hit the video at the top of the page to hear Steve on...

MENTAL STRENGTH: How he overcame equally or more talented opponents.

CHILDHOOD DREAMS: Steve recalls how he always wanted to be an Olympian - but as a runner rather than javelin thrower

FATHER'S INFLUENCE: Steve discusses the impact his father had on his career as his first coach, despite not knowing 'one end of a javelin from the other'

JAN ZELEZNY: Steve discusses his most memorable clashes with his great rival.

OLYMPIC PRESSURE: What impact does the pressure of an Olympic Games have on athletes?

INJURY: How difficult is it to overcome major setbacks?

DRUGS: Steve gives his verdict on former dopers being allowed to take part in the Olympics.

SILVER AND GOLD: The fine line between first and second.

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