Sebastian Coe

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Sebastian Coe

British politician and former track and field athlete add

Category: Athletics

Born in 1956.

Countries: United Kingdom (49%), (23%), UK (8%)

Main connections: Steve Cram, Trinity College, Cambridge, John Sherwood (athlete)

Linked to: Conservative Party, British Olympic Association, International Association of Athletics Federations, Abbeydale Grange School




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Sebastian Coe was born in 1956 add something


He first ran against his great rival Steve Ovett in a schools cross country race in 1972 add something


Coe's 1978 season continued to show his progression in the middle distances, though he raced only sparingly as he had, in early June, suffered a serious ankle injury whilst out on a training run add something


On 18 August 1978, he ran at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial meeting in Brussels, in the 800m, where he far outclassed the field and stormed home in a time of 1:44,26, another UK national record add something


The next year, 1979, Coe set three world records in 41 days add something


Track & Field News and Athletics Weekly magazines voted Coe Athlete of the Year, an honour he had won in 1979 add something


Coe's rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s add something


He suffered a recurrence of a back problem which had plagued him on and off since 1980, causing him to miss several weeks of training mid season add something


Steve Cram - Along with fellow Britons Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, he was one of the world's dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s


One scene in the 1981 film "Chariots of Fire" recreates a race in which the runners attempt to round the perimeter of the Great Court at Trinity College, Cambridge in the time it takes the clock to double strike the hour at midday or midnight add something


Although he had a short season in 1982 because of injuries in June and July, Coe still managed to rank number one in the world in the 800 metres and to participate in a world record 4 x 800 metres relay in which Coe, Peter Elliott, Garry Cook and Steve Cram's time of 7:03,89, was to remain the world record for 24 years add something


He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1990 add something


Steve Cram - Capitalising on his Olympic experience, Cram made his major breakthrough in 1982, a year in which Coe and Ovett were largely absent with injuries


Steve Cram - Injury had disrupted Cram in the early part of the 1983 season, but he recovered in time for the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki and just prior to the games beat Coe in an 800 metres at Gateshead


He returned to competing in 1984 and was selected for 800 and 1500 metres at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, despite being narrowly beaten by Peter Elliott in the AAA Championships add something


Steve Cram - In 1984, Cram's season was severely hampered by injury, although he recovered sufficiently to win silver in the 1500 metres at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, behind defending champion Coe.


Noah Ngeny - In the process, Ngeny set an Olympic record of 3:32,07, surpassing Sebastian Coe's Olympics record of 3:32,53, set in 1984


Coe was made an Honorary Doctor of Technology by his alma mater, Loughborough University in 1985 add something


Steve Cram - He came back stronger in 1985, a year in which he was only beaten three times; by Coe at 800 m, McKean at 800 m and Ovett in a road Mile


In 1986 Coe won the gold medal over 800 m at the European Championships in Stuttgart, beating Tom McKean and Cram add something


He was presented with the first Prince of Asturias Award in 1987 add something


He was injured in May 1987 after winning an 800m for his club, Haringey, and was out for the entire season add something


It was thought that Coe had succeeded when he beat Steve Cram in a charity race in October 1988 in a time of 42,53 seconds add something


Trinity College, Cambridge - It is widely believed that Sebastian Coe successfully completed the run when he beat Steve Cram in a charity race in October 1988


Trinity College, Cambridge - Sebastian Coe's time on 29 October 1988 was reported by Norris McWhirter to have been 45,52 seconds, but it was actually 46,0 seconds , while Cram's was 46,3 seconds


He retired from competitive athletics in early 1990, after having to bow out at the Auckland Commonwealth Games with yet another chest infection add something


In 1990, when resident in Surrey, Coe married Nicky McIrvine, a former Badminton three-day-event champion, with whom he has two sons and two daughters add something


Following Coe's retirement from athletics, he was a member of parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1997, and became a Life Peer on 16 May 2000 add something


Jerry Wiggin - In May 1995, Wiggin apologised to the House of Commons for having tabled amendments to a Bill in Standing Committee in the name of fellow MP Sebastian Coe, but without Coe's knowledge or consent


His world record in the 800-metre race in Florence on 10 June: his 1:41,73 in the 800 metres remained unbeaten until August 1997 add something


Noah Ngeny - In 1999 September 5, Ngeny set "'the current world record 2:11,96 over 1000 m"' in Rieti, Italy, breaking the 18 years-standing record 2:12,18 held by Sebastian Coe


He returned to politics for a short time as Leader of the Opposition William Hague's chief of staff, having accepted the offer of a Life Peerage on 16 May 2000 add something


On 16 May 2000, he was created a Life Peer as "'Baron Coe"', of Ranmore in the County of Surrey add something


The marriage ended in divorce in 2002 after twelve years and Coe moved out of the family home add something


In 2003, Coe began a relationship with Carole Annett; the couple wed in 2011 add something


With the May 2004 resignation of chairman Barbara Cassani, Coe became the chairman for the latter phase of the bid add something


Barbara Cassani - In May 2004 Cassani announced she was stepping down as chairman in favour of Olympic gold medallist and politician Lord Coe, saying that she felt the bid had reached a stage where his track record in the Olympic movement would be more useful to the bid than her technical and managerial experience


Coe was born at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, London His mother, Tina Angela Lal, died in London, in 2005, aged 75 add something


Coe's presentation at the critical IOC meeting in July 2005 was viewed by commentators as being particularly effective, against tough competition from Paris and Madrid, and the London bid won the IOC's blessing on 6 July add something


He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to sport add something


FIFA president Sepp Blatter made the announcement in Zurich on 15 September 2006 and said: "It is perhaps a surprise but it has been very well received add something


John Sherwood (athlete) - After 40 years of teaching PE, 37 of those at Firth Park Community Arts College, Sheffield, John retired in 2006 after a finale school sports day on 12 July at the Don Valley Stadium which was closed with an address from Lord Coe


In 2007, he was elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations add something


His father, Peter Coe died on 9 August 2008, aged 88, while Coe was visiting Beijing add something


In September 2008 Coe controversially told reporters "Fuck 'em" when asked about the opposition to the creation of a footballing Team GB from Scottish and Welsh supporters as reported in "The London Paper" add something


In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects add something


In November 2009, he was awarded an honorary degree as Doctor of Science from the University of East London add something


As of 2010, this still stands as the UK record and makes him the third fastest man ever add something


Coe has been the presenter for the Asian Awards since 2010 and is due to present them again on 4 April 2014 in London add something


On 12 February 2010, Coe was the 19th runner on the 106th day of the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay add something


David Harris (politician) - Until 2010, there had been no Conservative MPs in Cornwall since the 1997 general election, when Harris retired and Sebastian Coe lost his seat


He received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Sunderland in 2011 add something


On 25 August 2011, he was re-elected for another four-year term add something


Uppingham School - In March 2011, Lord Sebastian Coe officially opened the School's new sports centre


After his work in delivering London 2012 Coe was presented with an Olympic Order add something


Coe has said that London 2012 is not only about five weeks of summer sport but about encouraging more people to take up sport at all levels of competition add something


He headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and became chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games add something


In 2012 he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame add something


In 2012, Coe was appointed Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University where he had been an undergraduate, and is a member of the University's governing body add something


When London announced its bid to hold the 2012 Olympics, Coe became an ambassador for the effort and a member of the board of the bid company add something


In October 2012, Coe was appointed chairman of Chime Communications sports marketing subsidiary, CSM Sport and Entertainment add something


In November 2012 he was appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association add something


Coe was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2012 add something


ArcelorMittal Orbit - According to Lord Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organisers, it would play a central part in the Game's role of leaving a lasting legacy and transformed landscape in east London


Daniel Levy (businessman) - However, Levy had "also" made a back-up bid in conjunction with venue giants AEG to move the club away from the Tottenham area to the upcoming 2012 Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London despite West Ham United expressing an interest in keeping an 'olympic legacy' after the games as desired by Lord Coe


John Sherwood (athlete) - In his closing address in the successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in London , Lord Coe described how as a youngster in Sheffield in 1968, John and Sheila Sherwood had inspired him to pursue his successful career in track athletics


Hudson's Bay Company - Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the 2012 London Olympic Games Organizing Committee, who attended the Vancouver Olympics, noted that the Canadians were passionate in embracing the Games with 'their "Canada" hoodies and their red mittens


British Airways - On 18 May 2012 it flew the Olympic flame from Athens International Airport to RNAS Culdrose while carrying various dignitaries, including Lord Sebastian Coe, Princess Anne, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson and London Mayor Boris Johnson, along with footballer David Beckham


In the 2013 New Year Honours, Coe was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games add something


Coe's 3:47,33 remained on the all time Top 10 list until 31 May 2014 add something


Coe, in November 2014 announced that he would stand for election for this position in 2015 add something


Olly Murs - On 21 March 2014 Murs took part in the Clash of the Titans event in aid for Sport Relief 2014 as part of Sebastian Coe's team, Team Coe who were crowned champions


As of 2015, this still stands as the UK record and makes him tied with Nijel Amos as the third fastest man ever add something


In August 2015 he was elected president of the IAAF. add something


Coe is currently on a leave of absence from the House of Lords, since 10 October 2016 add something


In March 2017, Coe was named Chancellor at Loughborough University, replacing Nigel Rudd and becoming the University's sixth Chancellor add something


In June 2017 Coe will resign from his position as President of International Associations of Athletics Federations add something


He stood down from this post to join the English committee that failed to bring the 2018 World Cup to England, with Russia chosen to host instead add something