Coe, Sebastian (Part 4 of 4). An Oral History of British Athletics

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    Athletics: Track

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    Conservative Central Office, London

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    Coe, Sebastian, 1956- (speaker, male)

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    Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)

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    Part 4: Andy Norman story contd. Surprised by selection. There followed a Peter Elliot must go campaign - run by same papers who had run a Seb Coe must go campaign in 1980. Andy Norman - detail of his character and relationship with athletes and athletics. Preparation for 1984 Games. Detail - of events. 800m and 1500m. Olympic village life - one of few stars to live in village - enjoyed team situation. 1500m victory - description - training, strategy - Ovett was biggest threat. Compares victory in Los Angeles with victory in Moscow. Discussion of Steve Cram's rise and fall. Discussion of last 5 years of athletics career. 1985 - European Championships. 1986 - European Gold in 800metres. 1987 - Injured - missed World Championships. 1988 - Didn't qualify for Olympic Games. 1989 - Finished top of all ranking lists in UK. 1990 - Aukland Commonwealth Games. Retirement - feelings about it. Knowing when to retire.

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    Interview with middle distance runner and Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Lord Sebastian Coe

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