Peter Elliott: Man of Steel
“Coe, Ovett and Cram are legends of the sport so to have won medals in that era and to be considered part of it is a privilege." - Peter Elliott, 1988 Olympic 1500 silver medalist and sub-3:50 Miler
From Athletics Weekly
“Unfortunately I don’t run anymore,” explains Peter Elliott, one of Britain’s greatest-ever middle-distance athletes. “I have a disc problem in my back as a result of my long running career so exercise for me now takes the form of mediocre squash or gentle cycling around the streets I used to run on.”
Some 25 years on from arguably the greatest moment of his illustrious athletics career – winning gold at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games – Elliott remains very much involved in sport. He currently works at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), which helps elite athletes improve performance through the delivery of science, medicine, technology and engineering. As director of operations, Elliott plays a leading role in ensuring athletes have the optimal performance environment in which to train.
Given that his stellar medal collection includes prizes from the Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games, Elliott is rather well placed to support the next generation of talented sports stars in achieving success on a global platform. With the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics fast approaching, Elliott’s workload is growing exponentially but on rare occasions, he allows himself to reflect back on his own glittering running career.
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