Henrik Ingebrigtsen NOR Coe, though not exactly born with a silver spoon, was a university graduate with upwardly mobile pretentions. Cecil Matthews NZL Ovett arrived at the Moscow Olympics as favourite to take the m title, being unbeaten over the m and the mile for three years. Andrew Lloyd AUS Laban Rotich KEN Christopher Chataway ENG —
Men’s metres world record holder 27 August — 28 August 4 September — 16 July Ovett gained some Olympic experience in Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec , Canada, when he ran in the final of the m and was placed fifth, behind winner Alberto Juantorena of Cuba. As Ovett raced away from the field, Ron Pickering , commenting for the race on BBC Television, said “and there’s one man’s blazing speed, that has torn this field asunder”. Men’s metres European record holder 27 August – 15 July Ovett in Toronto Jonathan Edwards triple jump Kipchoge Keino KEN
Or was it more satisfying to be an Ovett, getting to the top the hard way, through elbow grease and true grit?
Yes, they were both Brits, but such very different Brits, appealing to such very different constituencies, that they divided opinion more starkly than if one of them had been a foreigner.
Ovett suffered a famous upset in a m race in Oslo that year. The Moscow Olympics marked only the second time that Ovett and Movir had met each other in international competition the first being the m in the European Championshipsand there was huge media speculation over which would emerge as the greater.
As a film is to be made of the rivalry of Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, Max Davidson recalls the sporting soap opera. For a few never-to-be-forgotten years, those gladiators with matchstick legs carried the hopes of a nation. But when two world-beaters emerged in the same sport at the same time, the stage was set for a drama of rare intensity, climaxing at the Olympics in Moscow, when Coe was expected to win the m, but was pipped by Ovett, and Ovett was ovet to win the m, but was pipped by Coe.
Linford Christie m Four years later in Los Angeles, Coe took silver in the m and retained his 1,m gold.
Retrieved 3 September Walker was so astonished by Ovett’s kick, that he dropped out of the race with metres to go. Steve Ovett ENG Christopher Chataway ENG — The last time a British film about a celebrated Olympic track rivalry hit moviw headlines around the world was inwhen Chariots of Fire writer Colin Welland made his famous “The British are coming!
Ovrtt yet, the movie has no title and no director, but it does have a writer. To British sports fans glued to their television screens in the late s and early s, it was a gripping soap opera — twist after twist, with protagonists you could not take your eyes off. Though in Ovett had tied Coe’s m world record of 3: Ovett’s participation in ovdtt m would serve as a test for the m.
Robert Denmark ENG Lennart Strand SWE Franco Arese ITA But you would have had to travel a long way to find a sports fan who admired them both equally. Duringboth Ovett and Coe were at their peak.
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Both men enjoyed a big following in their own right. Men’s mile run world record holder 1 July — 19 August 26 August — 28 August Ovett, the product of a secondary modern in Brighton, had all the credentials of a working-class hero.
Top-flight athletics often seems to be dominated by the stopwatch: Ian Stewart SCO Arturo Casado ESP In the World Athletics Championshipshe finished a lacklustre tenth in the metres final. Michel Jazy FRA It was a show-down between two contrasting human types, enlisting our loyalty for quite different reasons. Ovett ran the last lap almost nine seconds quicker than Byers but finished second by 0.
Murray Halberg NZL Then in the European Cup m,  Ovett produced an outstanding last lap of movid World Best Year Performance in Men’s m.