Olympic Competitor nr 3431
B. 1956-09-29, London, Great Britain
Track and Field (2 gold, 2 silver)
In 1979, he set three world records (800, 1500 and mile) within 41 days.
By the Moskva Olympics, he had lost the 1500 m record to Steve Ovett, and
it was expected that they would share the honours in the middle distance.
When Ovett took the 800 crown however, Coe was determined to take revenge,
and he did.
At Los Angeles, Coe again had to let the 800 go, but again he took the 1500 to become the first man to retain that title.
In 1981, Coe had set a World record at 800 metres, which by 1996 had become the longest standing in the record books, with even the Kenyans not nearing it by less than half a second (only LA Olympic champion Joaquim Cruz coming within 0.04 sec in 1984). The record was equalled by Wilson Kipketer in 1997.
In 1994, he entered the British Parliament.
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Written 2000-11-28 - last modified 2011-08-15
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