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Sebastian Coe - Famous Athlete


Full Name: Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe

Date of Birth: 29 th September, 1956

Country: the United Kingdom

Sport involved in: Athletics

Achievements made:

  • Bronze medal winner in the 800 meter sprint at the European Championships in 1978
  • Silver medal winner in the 800 meter event at the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • Gold medalist in the 1500 meter event at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games
  • Silver medal winner in the 800 meter sprint at the European Championships in 1982
  • Silver medalist in the 800 meter event at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games
  • Gold medal winner in the 1500 meter event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
  • Gold medal winner in the 800 meter sprint at the European Championships in 1986
  • Silver medal winner in the 1500 meter sprint at the European Championships in 1986
  • Setter of eight outdoor world records in the middle distance track events
  • Setter of three indoor world records in the middle distance track events
  • Voted the Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News magazine in 1979 and 1981
  • Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1982
  • Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1990
  • Appointed the first chairman of the FIFA's Ethics Commission
  • Was created a life peer as Baron Coe in the County of Surrey in 2000
  • Given a Special Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony in December, 2005
  • Appointed a Knight Commander of the British empire in 2006
  • Career: Sebastian Coe entered the world of athletics at the age of 12. he joined the athletics team Hallamshire Harriers. Coe specialized in the field of middle-distance events. He was coached by his father Peter Coe. The first major win in Coe's career was in 1977. He won the 800 meter event in the European Indoor Championships at San Sebastian. In his athletic career, Coe won four Olympic medals. He made the world record in the outdoor middle distance track events for eight times. Coe also set the indoor world record in the events thrice. Coe's chief opponents were Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. The contest between Sebastian Coe and his competitors was the main attraction in the middle distance races in the 1980's. the first major encounter between Coe and Ovett took place at the 1978 European Championships. Coe won the bronze medal in the 800 meter event in the competition. In 1979, Coe set his first world records in the 800 meter, 1 mile and 1500 meter races. In the 800 meter, 1 mile and 1500 meter races, Coe's timings were 1:42.33 seconds, 3:48.95 seconds and 3:32.03 seconds respectively. In 1980 Moscow Summer Games , Coe won gold medal in the 1500 meter event and silver in the 800 meter event. The same year, Coe broke Rick Wolhuter's world record in 1000 meter race by finishing the race in 2:13.40 seconds. In 1981, Coe improved his record in the 1000 meter event by making a new timing of 2:12.12 seconds. This timing was unbeaten for the next 18 years. Coe also made better timings in the 1 mile event twice—3:48.53 seconds at Zurich and 3:47.33 seconds at Brussels. The same year, Coe made the world record of 1:41.73 seconds in the 800 meter event. This record was unbroken till 1997. Wilson Kipketer broke the record of Coe in the 800 meter. Kipketer is the only athlete to run the 800 meter race faster than Coe. In 1982 also, Coe remained the number one in the 800 meter event. This year at the European Championships, Coe won the silver medal in the 800 meter event. He participated in a 4x800 meter relay race along with Peter Elliot, Gary Cook, and Steve Cram. They finished the race in 7:03.89 seconds and made the world record. This record stood for 24 years. In 2006, the record was broken by both Americans and Kenyans. Coe appeared in the second Olympics of his life in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics . He won gold medal in the 1500 meter event and silver in the 800 meter event. With his wins at the 1984 Olympics Coe became the only person to win Olympic title in the 1500 meter event in two consecutive Olympics. In 1986, Coe was the gold medalist in the 800 meter event and silver medalist in the 800 meter event at the European Championships. In the 1500 meter event he set his personal best with 3:29.77 seconds. Coe was again declared the number one in the 800 meter event.

    In 1992, Coe became Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Olympics. London won the bid, and Coe became the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Summer Games. He is a worldwide ambassador for Nike. Coe also owns a number of health clubs. He is considered a possible candidate for the 2008 London Mayoral election.

    Performance at the Olympics: Sebastian Coe appeared in the 1980 Moscow Summer Games as a favorite in the 800 meter event. He was holding the world record in the event at that time. However, Coe finished second in the race. Coe won a gold medal in the 1500 meter event. In the 1984 Los Angles Summer Games , Coe defended his 1500 meter Olympic title beating his teammate and opponent Steve Cram. He also won another silver medal in the 800 meter event. Coe is the only male athlete to win the 1500 meter Olympic title twice in two consecutive Olympics.

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