Pure gold: one of Britain’s most successful cyclists, Paul graduated from Birmingham in 1996 with a BSc in Geology.
Why he is outstanding
Paul is a professional cyclist who won the gold medal in Team Pursuit Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With his team mates Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins, he reached the finals of the Team Pursuit competition in style, setting a new world record in their semi-final ride against Russia. In the final against the Danish team they then shaved a further two seconds off that time, overlapping their opponents in the process.
Now retired, Paul can add his Olympic gold to bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the World Championship title in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Paul Manning "To win the gold and complete my set of medals felt extra special. Everything I did in my cycling career went into it."