Profile Born on 29 September 1956 in Chiswick, London, Sebastian Coe is a double Olympic champion and one of the finest middle-distance runners the world has ever seen.
Sebastian Coe took up athletics at age 12 and under the tutelage of his father Peter quickly developed into one of the best middle-distance runners in the world. Coe is best remembered for four Olympic medals, eight world records in middle-distance track events and a fascinating rivalry in the 1970s and 1980s that involved him and fellow British middle-distance runners Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. Coe and Ovett in particular contested many fierce battles with Coe tending to be more of an 800 metres specialist while the metric mile was more like Ovettís distance. At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, athletics fans witnessed two epic battles with both runners winning a gold medal in each otherís beloved distance.
Four years later in Los Angeles, Coe once again came up just short in his beloved 800m collecting his second Olympic silver in his favourite distance. However, he won another gold in the 1500m which ironically made him the only runner in the Olympics to have won this event twice. His only international title in the 800m came at the European Championships in 1986. That was also the year in which he recorded a personal best in the 1500m.
The slimly built Coe held the 800m world record for 18 years until Wilson Kipketer finally bettered it in 1997. After his active career as a sportsman, Coe, now a peer of the realm, performed many duties behind the scenes, the most noteworthy being his role as chairman of the successful London 2012 Olympic bid committee.