London 2012: Backley eyes 2016 peak for Martin Brockman

Martin Brockman

Former Kent Olympian Steve Backley thinks Maidstone decathlete Martin Brockman will peak at the 2016 Olympics rather than London 2012.

Brockman, 24, has been tutored by Backley to improve his javelin and is currently training in Australia.

The former javelin world record holder told BBC Radio Kent: "He can make the team this time.

"But he's probably thinking more [about in] four years time. That is when he'll be at his physical peak."

Backley's influence has certainly paid dividends for the Commonwealth bronze medallist over the winter, with Brockman regularly throwing close to his personal best in the discipline.

And according to Backley, he has all the attributes required to mount a serious challenge in the sport.

"He's a physical specimen. He's tall, agile and quick. He's got every physical trait and I've been trying to help him put that into his javelin," Backley said.

"When he's back, we'll hook up and see if we can get it onto the next level.

"I'm sure an experience of competing at the home Olympics will put him in good stead for the rest of his career," he added.

Brockman is one of BBC Radio Kent's three featured athletes as part of 'Olympic Dreams' in the build up to London 2012.

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