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Sebastian COE

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Coe is one of the finest middle distance runners the world has ever seen; the only man to have won 1500m Olympic gold twice.

Intense rivalry

Seb Coe reached his peak at the same time as two other world class British middle-distance runners: Steve Cram and Steve Ovett. His career was defined by a series of epic duels with this pair. The intensity and drama of their rivalry played out on the Olympic stage made for an unforgettable spectacle.

Worst race

Coe arrived at the 1980 Moscow Games as the world record holder and favourite at 800m. However, he ran what he called "the worst race of my life" and finished second behind Ovett. Six days later, a determined Coe redeemed himself in the 1500m, beating Ovett to take gold.

Sprint finish

At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Coe won another silver medal in the 800m. In the final of the 1500m, the favourite was Steve Cram. Just as he did in Moscow, Coe sprinted into the lead in the final turn, pulled away and won by six metres.

Political career

After his career on the sporting stage, Coe became involved in politics. He played a vital role in bringing the Games to London, and chaired the Organising Committee for the 2012 London Games.

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Lord Coe speaks at the Opening Ceremony

London 2012 - double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe, chairman of Games organiser LOCOG, gives a speech at the Opening Ceremony.
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Sebastion Coe

1988: Sebastian Seb Coe of Great Britain walks off the track after failing to make the Olympic Team at the Olympic Trials in Birmingham, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport
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Sebastian Coe

1988: Sebastian Seb Coe of Great Britain in action for Haringey Athletic Club during the 1500 Metres Heat event at the Olympic Trails in Birmingham, England. Coe failed to make the Team for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport
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SEB COE UK 1500M FINISH LINE GOLD

11 AUG 1984: SEBASTIAN SEB COE OF GREAT BRITAIN MAKES A DEFIANT GESTURE TO THE PRESS AFTER CROSSING THE FINISH LINE OF THE 1500 METRES AT THE 1984 LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS. COE WON THE GOLD MEDAL WITH AN OLYMPIC RECORD SETTING TIME OF 3:32.53 MINUTES. Mandatory Credit: Steve Powell/Allsport
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Los Angeles 1984-1500m-COE Sebastian (GBR), 1st after his victory.
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Los Angeles 1984-Competitors on the track. OVETT Steven (GBR) and COE Sebastian (GBR), 1st.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • S 1:43.64
    Athletics
    800m men
    G 3:32.53
    Athletics
    1500m men
  • S 1:45.9
    Athletics
    800m men
    G 3:38.4
    Athletics
    1500m men

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