13 Remarkable Facts You Did Not Know About Sebastian Coe

1. Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, CH KBE , often referred to as Seb Coe or Lord Coe, is a British politician and former track and field athlete.

2. As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984.

3. He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of 41 days – and the world record he set in the 800 metres in 1981 remained unbroken until 1997.

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

5. In 2007, he was elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations , and re-elected for another four-year term in 2011.

6. In November 2012 he was appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association.

7. In 2012 he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame.

8. She was of half Indian descent, born to a Punjabi father, Sardari Lal Malhotra, and an English/Irish mother, Vera .

9. Coe moved to Warwickshire when he was less than a year old where he attended Bridgetown Primary School and Hugh Clopton Secondary School in Stratford-upon-Avon. and Abbeydale Grange school.

10. He joined athletics team Hallamshire Harriers at the age of 12, and soon became a middle-distance specialist, having been inspired by David Tomlinson, a geography teacher at Tapton School who had been a cross-country runner and eventually its school captain when he was a pupil at King Edward VII School Sheffield.

11. Coe was coached by his father and represented Loughborough University and later Haringey when not competing for his country.

12. Coe studied Economics and Social History at Loughborough University and won his first major race in 1977—an 800 metres event at the European indoor championships in San Sebastián, Spain.

13. He ran in the Emsley Carr mile on 29 August 1977, out-sprinting Filbert Bayi of Tanzania in the home straight and winning in 3:57.7.

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