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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Coe
 KBE


Born 29 September 1956 (1956-09-29) (age 53)
Chiswick
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Loughborough University
Occupation Peer and Athlete
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Gold 1980 Moscow 1500 m
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 1500 m
Silver 1980 Moscow 800 m
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 800 m
European Championships
Gold 1986 Stuttgart 800 m
Silver 1986 Stuttgart 1500 m
Silver 1982 Athens 800 m
Bronze 1978 Prague 800 m

Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE (born 29 September 1956, and often nicknamed "Seb Coe")[1] is a former athlete and politician from the United Kingdom. A middle distance runner, Coe won the 1500 m gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records. He is widely considered to be amongst the greatest middle distance runners of all time. Following his retirement from athletics, he served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992-97, and became a life peer in 2000. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, and, after the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to London, became the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Athletics career

Coe won four Olympic medals and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events (and also participated in a world record relay). His rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.[2]

Coe was born in West London, but was brought up in Sheffield attending Tapton[3] and Abbeydale Grange schools. He joined athletics team Hallamshire Harriers at the age of 12, and quickly became a middle-distance specialist. He is probably better remembered as representing Loughborough University and later Haringey when not competing for his country.[4]

He was coached by his father, Peter Coe, who designed workouts specifically for his son. Coe studied economics and social history at Loughborough University and won his first major race in 1977—an 800-metre event at the European indoor championships in San Sebastián, Spain. It was at Loughborough University that he met athletics coach George Gandy who had developed "revolutionary" conditioning exercise to improve Coe's running.[5]

He first ran against Ovett in a schools cross country race in 1972. Neither won, nor did either win in their first major encounter in the European Championships Prague in 1978 in an 800 metre race, where Ovett (breaking Coe's UK record with a run of 1:44.09) was second and Coe finished third behind the East German Olaf Beyer. According to Pat Butcher (The Perfect Distance - Ovett&Coe: The Record-Breaking Rivalry, London: Weidenfeld& Nicolson, 2004), Coe's father and coach, Peter Coe, had encouraged him to run as fast as he could from the start. The early pace was indeed exceptionally fast: Coe ran 200 metres in 24.3 seconds, 400 metres in 49.32 seconds and 600 metres in 1:16.2. Then he clearly slowed down and finished third in 1:44.76. A few weeks later Coe was to reclaim the UK record, setting an all- comers mark of 1:43.97 at Crystal Palace, to rank him second in the World for that year. In October 1978, Coe displayed to the world for the first time his phenomenal natural endurance by winning a 4 Mile road race in Ireland in 17:54, defeating the likes of Eamonn Coghlan (1983 World 5000 m champion) and Mike McLeod (1984 Olympic 10000 m silver medalist), and breaking Brendan Foster's course record of 18:05. All this off a season which had been focussed on 800 m, with only one race over 1500 m or a mile. The writing should have been on the wall at this stage for the rest of the world's top milers the following summer.

The next year, 1979, Coe set the athletics world alight with three world records in the space of just 41 days. On two occasions in Oslo, Norway, Coe set his first world records in the 800-metre (1:42.33) and mile (3:48.95) races. Later that year, he set the world 1500 metre record (3:32.03) in Zurich, Switzerland. He was to easily win the 800 m at the European Cup in Turin in August, unleashing a phenomenal last 200 m in 24.1. In addition he anchored the British 4 x 400 m relay team with the fastest split of the quartet, 45.5. He remained undefeated for the year at all distances, was voted "athlete of the year" by AW and T&FN, and was ranked number one in the world at both 800 m and 1500 m. Apart from Coe himself again, in 1981, no other athlete since has ranked number one at both these distances in the same year.

In 1980, Coe broke Rick Wohlhuter's world record for 1,000-metres with a time of 2:13.40, and for exactly 1 hour (until Ovett broke his 1 Mile record), held all 4 of the classic "middle distance" world records simultaneously: the 800 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and 1 Mile. This feat has never been achieved before or since. The scene was set for one of the most famous confrontations ever, between Ovett and Coe in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, where each won the other's speciality; Ovett the 800 metres, and Coe the 1500 metres (Coe came in second in the 800 after running what he described as "the worst tactical race of my life", while Ovett took third in the 1500). It was Ovett's first defeat at either one mile or 1500 metres in three years and 45 races, and Coe covered the last 400 m in 52.2 and the last 100 m in an exceptional 12.1 seconds, the fastest ever last 100 m in any Championship race at this distance. The image of Coe crossing the finish line arms outstretched, eyes rolling and mouth agape[6] was much reproduced.[7]

1981 represented Coe's greatest ever season. It started off in February with an indoor world record over 800 m at Cosford, with 1:46.0. The first outdoor world record Coe set that summer came in the 800 metre race in Florence on June 10. That world record of 1:41.73 in the 800-metres remained unbeaten until August 1997 when it was tied and then broken by Wilson Kipketer. As of 2009, Kipketer is the only person to have run the 800-metres faster than Coe, whose figures still stand as the UK record. A month later, July, he set another incredible record with a phenomenal 2:12.18 for 1000 m. At the time of setting these 2 records, Coe was more than 1.7 seconds (about 14 m in distance) faster than anyone else in history at both distances. This world record for the kilometer would stand for the next 18 years. As of 2009, some 28 years later, these times still make him the second fastest runner ever at both 800 m and 1000 m. Between these two record breaking runs he was to display unrivaled finishing speed once again, when winning the Europa Cup semi final event over 800 m, running the last 100 m in 11.3 (the fastest ever recorded) and drawing some 12m clear of Nikolai Kirov (Olympic bronze medalist in Moscow) in the home straight. 1981 also saw him better the standard for the mile twice, first with a 3:48.53 in Zürich and then with a 3:47.33 in Brussels, off uneven laps of 55.3, 58.0, 58.6, 55.4. To his two mile world records Coe also added a personal best of 3:31.95 in the 1500 meters, a run which was all the more remarkable due to the fact that he was given the most ridiculous pace making ever; James Robinson went through 400 m in 51.5 and 800 m in 1:47.4 (the fastest splits ever recorded), meaning Coe ran the first 2 laps in a vacuum some 10 m behind, reaching 400 m in 52.4 and 800 m in 1:49.18! The last 2 laps were a solo effort 20 m ahead of a world class field. Had he been given more economical pacing it is believed he would have run well under 3:30. He remained undefeated in both the 1500 meters/mile and the 800 meters (including wins in the 1981 World Cup and European Cup) for the entire season, as in 1979. Not surprisingly, Coe was voted Athlete of the Year again by Track & Field News and Athletics Weekly magazines (an honour he had previously won in 1979).

Although he had a short season in 1982, due to injuries in June and July, he still managed to rank number one in the world in the 800 metres and participate in a world record relay for the 4 x 800 metres. Coe, along with Peter Elliott, Garry Cook and Steve Cram, produced 7:03.89, a time that would stand as a world record for 24 years until it was bettered by both Kenyan and American teams in the summer of 2006. Coe's leg was the fastest of the day, a solo 1:44.01 in very windy conditions off a first lap of 49.1. Although he appeared to be getting back to his best, disappointment was round the corner, however, as he won only silver at 800 m in the 1982 European Championships in Athletics in Athens. Despite being the overwhelming favourite, he was surprisingly out-kicked by Hans-Peter Ferner in a relatively slow time. It transpired the next day by British team doctors, that he had been suffering from glandular fever. Coe decided to withdraw from the 1500 metres in those European Championships (Pat Butcher, The Perfect Distance).

Although 1983 started out promisingly enough, with world indoor records in the 800 metres (1:44.91, breaking his own WR of 1:46.0 from 1981) in Cosford, England and then in the 1,000 metres (2:18.58) in Oslo, Norway, along with promising early summer results in the 800 m, he spent most of the rest of the year battling health problems (including a prolonged bout with toxoplasmosis) and consequently had to skip the inaugural IAAF World Championships in Athletics.[8] . His career at this stage looked in doubt, for the disease was diagnosed as a severe case, and he spent several months in and out of hospital on strong medication.

After recovering from toxoplasmosis, and not having run at all from July 1983 until January 1984, Coe returned to competition in the Spring of 1984 and showed encouraging form early in the season. He was selected for both 800 and 1500 metres at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, despite being narrowly beaten by Peter Elliott in the AAA Championships. For his fourth major international championships in succession, however, he failed to win his favourite 800 metre event, taking silver behind Joaquim Cruz of Brazil. However, just as in 1980, he recovered to win gold in the 1500 metres, this time in a new Olympic record of 3:32.53, beating 1983 World 1500 m champion Steve Cram into second place by seven metres. His last 800 m was run in 1:49.8, his last lap 53.2 and his last 100 m in 12.7. This was unrivaled finishing speed at the time in such a fast paced race, all the more remarkable as it was his 7th race in 9 days in hot and humid conditions. He remains the only person to win back to back Olympic 1500 metre titles. Following the race Cram made the often repeated quote "On the day there was only one man and on the day Seb Coe was that man". Cram exacted some measure of revenge the following summer when he beat both Coe (admittedly not at his best after coming back from injury) and his world mile record at the Dream Mile event at the Bislett Stadion, Oslo, Norway.

In 1986, Coe finally won a gold medal over 800 m at the European Championships in Stuttgart, beating Tom McKean and Cram.[9] with a stunning last 200 m of 24.7. It was his only 800 m title at an international championship, although he had won against fields that represented the best in the world at 800 m, at the 1981 World Cup, 1981 European Cup and 1979 European Cup. He won the silver in the 1500 metres, behind Cram, after running a bad tactical race. 1986 also saw Coe set a personal best over 1500 m with a 3:29.77 min performance in Rieti, Italy, becoming the fourth man in history to break 3:30 for the 1500 m, and only 0.31 seconds behind Aouita's world record. But for a stumble at the bell, when he ran into the back of Cheshire, the Kenyan, it could well have been his 9th individual outdoor world record. For the fourth time in his career ('79, '81, '82, '86), Coe ended the year ranked number one in the world in the 800 metres. For the 5th time he was in the top 2 for 1500 m.

Two years later, in a highly controversial decision, he wasn't selected for the British team for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, thus denying him the chance to retain his 1500 metres title for a second time. The Daily Mirror ran a campaign entitled Coe Must Go in an attempt to change the British selectors' minds. The then President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, unsuccessfully tried to have the rules changed to ensure his inclusion under the Olympic flag. It was said that the Indian team were willing to allow him to compete for them on account of his mother's parentage,[10] although it was never likely that this would happen.

Coe had one more good season in 1989, when, at the age of 33 and past his absolute best, he still won the 1500 m AAA title, was ranked number 1 Britain over both 800 m and 1500 m, ran the second fastest 800 m of the year (1:43.38) and won the silver medal at the World Cup over 1500 m. Here, he ran the reigning World Champion from 1987 and 1989's number 1 ranked at 1500 m, Abdi Bile, to within 1 metre, after controversially being obstructed by the African at the beginning of the home straight. Coe retired from competitive athletics in early 1990, after disappointingly having to bow out at the Auckland Commonwealth Games with yet another chest infection.

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. Many have tried to run the 367 metres (401 yards) around the court in the 43.6 seconds that it takes to strike 12 o'clock. Known as the Great Court Run, students traditionally attempt to complete the circuit on the evening of the Matriculation Dinner. The only person recognized to have actually completed the run in time is Lord Burghley in 1927. It was thought that Sebastian Coe had succeeded when he beat Steve Cram in a charity race in October 1988, in a time of 42.53 seconds. But a video of the race apparently shows Coe was 12 metres short of the finish line when the last chime sounded which is why Trinity College never officially accepted his time. The most recent success was by 19 year old Trinity student Sam Dobin, whose time of 42.77 seconds in October 2007 beat Lord Burghley's time by 0.43 seconds.[11]

Later career

Sebastian Coe

Member of Parliament
for Falmouth and Camborne
In office
9 April 1992 – 2 May 1997
Preceded by David Mudd
Succeeded by Candy Atherton

Born 29 September 1956 (1956-09-29) (age 53)
Chiswick, London
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Profession Athlete

Coe became Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne in 1992, for the Conservative Party,[2] but lost his seat in the 1997 general election. He returned to politics for a short time as William Hague's 'chief of staff', having taken a life peerage in 2000. During this time he tried his hand at a marathon, running a time of 2 hours and 58 minutes.

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. With the May 2004 resignation of chairman Barbara Cassani, Coe became the chairman for the latter phase of the bid. As Coe was a well-known personality in Olympic sport, it was felt he was better suited to the political schmoozing needed to secure the IOC's backing. Coe's presentation at the critical IOC meeting in July 2005 was viewed by commentators as being particularly effective, and the bid won the IOC's blessing on 6 July.[12]

Coe has often 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. Coe is the Patron of the British Dragon Boat Racing Association (BDA).[13]

It is widely felt that Coe could be a future President of the IOC[citation needed]. With his established credentials in sport throughout the Olympic world, he is seen as a passionate person who would be suited to the role. He was considered a possible Conservative candidate for the 2008 London Mayoral election. It was considered he would also be a suitable candidate for the role of Chairman of UK Athletics, though he decided not to seek such a position.

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, 30 September 2008, page 5 "Coe: Yes to 2012 GB footy team - The Scots and Welsh? F*** 'em".[14]

FIFA

Coe was appointed the first chairman of FIFA's new independent watchdog, FIFA's ethics commission. The commission will judge all cases alleging conflicts of interest and breaches of Fifa rules.[15]

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. We have found an outstanding personality in the world of sport, a great personality in the Olympic movement." His appointment makes him one of the most senior Englishmen to work for FIFA.[16]

He stood down from this post to join the committee bidding to bring the 2018 World Cup to England.

Personal life

Coe was born in Chiswick, London. His mother, Tina Angela Coe, died in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, in 2005, aged 75. His mother was half Indian, born to a Punjabi father Sardari Lal and an English mother Vera.[17] His father, Peter Coe (born Percy N. Coe in Kingston-upon-Thames), died on 9 August 2008, aged 88, while Coe was in Beijing.

Coe married Nicky McIrvine, a former Badminton three-day-event champion, in Surrey, in 1990, with whom he has four children, two boys and two girls, all of whom were born in Surrey:

  • The Hon. Madeline Rose Coe (8 July 1992–)
  • The Hon. Harry Sebastian Newbold Coe (29 September 1994–)
  • The Hon. Peter Henry Christopher Coe (31 May 1996–)
  • The Hon. Alice India Violet Coe (25 September 1998–)

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

He is a worldwide ambassador for Nike and owns a string of health clubs with a membership of 20,000. Coe is a knowledgeable follower of a wide range of sports, including football (he is a season ticket holder at Chelsea Football Club) and boxing (he was a steward for the British Boxing Board of Control), and has a very large collection of jazz records. He is a multimillionaire[citation needed] and a member of the East India Club, a private Gentlemen's Club in London. He has supported London athletic events like the London 10K of Nike and the British 10K charity race.

On 12 February 2010, Coe was the 19th runner on the 106th day of the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay. Coe's leg was along the Stanley Park Seawall, and he exchanged a "torch kiss" with the previous runner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the next runner, a 19 year old member of the Squamish community.[18][19]

Awards

He was awarded with the first Prince of Asturias Award in sports category in 1987.

Coe was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1990.

He was created a life peer in 2000 as Baron Coe, of Ranmore in the County of Surrey.

In December 2005, Coe was given a Special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony.

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for services to sport.[12]

Personal bests

Distance Mark Date
400 m 46.87 1979 & 45.5 relay leg (1979)
800 m 1:41.73 1981
1000 m 2:12.18 1981
1500 m 3:29.77 1986
Mile 3:47.33 1981
2000 m 4:58.84 1982
3000 m 7:54.32 1979
5000 m 14:06.2 1980

Trivia

  • Coe was featured in the Brass Eye [2] spoof documentary on paedophilia unwittingly accusing American blue-eyed soul singers Hall & Oates of not only being the same person but also of being child abusers.
  • As a student in Loughborough in the late 1970s Coe lived in Coe Avenue.
  • American Olympic 1500 m and 5000 m athlete, Jim Spivey, is said to have named a son [3] after Coe.
  • Appeared as himself in the episode 'Not a Good Day' from the 4th series (season) of the British sitcom "The Brittas Empire"
  • Opened the Tonbridge School Centre for Sports and Media in June 2008

Styles and honours

  • Mr Sebastian Coe (1956–1982)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe MBE (1982–1990)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe OBE (1990–1992)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe OBE MP (1992–1997)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe OBE (1997–2000)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Coe OBE (2000–2006)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Coe KBE (2006–)

See also

References

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1979-07-05 – 1997-07-07
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Simple English

The Right Honourable
 Lord Coe
 KBE
File:Seb Coe


Born 29 September 1956 (1956-09-29) (age 54)
Chiswick
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Loughborough University
Occupation Peer and Athlete
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for
Olympic Games
Gold 1980 Moscow 1500 m
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 1500 m
Silver 1980 Moscow 800 m
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 800 m
European Championships
Bronze 1978 Prague 800 m
Silver 1982 Athens 800 m
Gold 1986 Stuttgart 800 m
Silver 1986 Stuttgart 1500 m

Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE (born 29 September 1956, and often nicknamed "Seb Coe")[1] is a former athlete and politician from the United Kingdom. A middle distance runner, Coe won the 1500 m gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records. He is widely considered to be amongst the greatest middle distance runners of all time. Following his retirement from athletics, he served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992-97. He became a life peer in 2000. He is the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. After the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to London, he became the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Personal life

Coe was born in Chiswick, London. His mother, Tina Angela Coe, died in Hammersmith and Fulham, London, in 2005, aged 75. His mother was half Indian, born to a Punjabi father Sardari Lal and an English mother Vera.[2] His father, Peter Coe (born Percy N. Coe in Kingston-upon-Thames), died on 9 August 2008, aged 88, while Coe was in Beijing.

Coe married Nicky McIrvine, a former Badminton three-day-event champion, in Surrey, in 1990. They have four children, two boys and two girls, all of whom were born in Surrey:

  • The Hon. Madeline Rose Coe (8 July 1992–)
  • The Hon. Harry Sebastian Newbold Coe (29 September 1994–)
  • The Hon. Peter Henry Christopher Coe (31 May 1996–)
  • The Hon. Alice India Violet Coe (25 September 1998–)

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

On 12 February 2010, Coe was the 19th runner on the 106th day of the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay. Coe's leg was along the Stanley Park Seawall, and he exchanged a "torch kiss" with the previous runner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the next runner, a 19 year old member of the Squamish community.[3][4]

Awards

He was awarded with the first Prince of Asturias Award in sports category in 1987.

Coe was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1990. He was created a life peer in 2000 as Baron Coe, of Ranmore in the County of Surrey.

In December 2005, Coe was given a Special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for services to sport.[5]

Personal bests

DistanceMarkDate
400 m46.871979 & 45.5 relay leg (1979)
800 m1:41.731981
1000 m2:12.181981
1500 m3:29.771986
Mile3:47.331981
2000 m4:58.841982
3000 m7:54.321979
5000 m14:06.21980

Styles and honours

  • Mr Sebastian Coe (1956–1982)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe MBE (1982–1990)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe OBE (1990–1992)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe OBE MP (1992–1997)
  • Mr Sebastian Coe OBE (1997–2000)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Coe OBE (2000–2006)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Coe KBE (2006–)

Other pages

  • Steve Ovett
  • Steve Cram
  • Olympic Games
  • Middle distance track event

References

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Parliament of the United Kingdom (1801–present)
Preceded by
David Mudd
Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Candy Atherton
Records
Preceded by
Alberto Juantorena
Men's 800 metres World Record Holder
1979-07-05 – 1997-07-07
Succeeded by
Wilson Kipketer
Preceded by
Filbert Bayi
Men's 1500 m World Record Holder
15 August 1979 – 27 August 1980
Succeeded by
Steve Ovett
Preceded by
John Walker
Men's Mile World Record Holder
17 July 1979 – 1 July 1980
Succeeded by
Steve Ovett
Preceded by
Steve Ovett
Men's Mile World Record Holder
19 August 1981 – 26 August 1981
Succeeded by
Steve Ovett
Preceded by
Steve Ovett
Men's Mile World Record Holder
28 August 1981 – 27 July 1985
Succeeded by
Steve Cram
Preceded by
Marcello Fiasconaro
European Record Holder Men's 800 m
5 July 1979 - 6 July 1997
Succeeded by
Wilson Kipketer
Preceded by
Jean Wadoux
European Record Holder Men's 1500 m
17 July 1979 - 26 August 1980
Succeeded by
Steve Ovett
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steve Ovett
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1979
Succeeded by
Robin Cousins
Preceded by
Henry Rono
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1979
Succeeded by
Eric Heiden
Preceded by
Henry Rono
Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
1979
Succeeded by
Edwin Moses
Preceded by
Eric Heiden
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1981
Succeeded by
Daley Thompson
Preceded by
Edwin Moses
Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
1981
Succeeded by
Carl Lewis
Preceded by
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President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Games of the XXX Olympiad
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