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Sebastian Coe

Honorary Doctorate - 1984

Sebastian Coe's first international success was on 14 March 14 1977, when he won the 800m at the European Indoor Championships and set a new Commonwealth record. He has set 13 world records, broken three in 41 days, and for half an hour on 1 July 1980, held all world records for 800m, 1000m, 1500m and half a mile. The first Briton to hold the 1500m world record, he has become the first person ever to retain the 1500m Olympic title.

His interest in athletics began as a boy at Tapton School in Sheffield. With the support of parents and teachers, and disciplined by the school and hills of Sheffield, he went on to academic success at Loughborough and athletic achievement world-wide.

Between the Olympics in Moscow and Los Angeles he set world records but he also faced the challenge of disease which threatened to end his athletic career. A challenge met and answered when he came back to win the 1500m with a new Olympic record.

He has been spokesman for the International Olympics Committee since 1981 and strives to achieve a practice of athletics which embodies the highest Olympic traditions.

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