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Ovett ran the last lap almost nine seconds quicker than Byers but finished second by 0. 53s, later commenting " We ran like a load of hacks.
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Ovett and ran
Ovett gained some Olympic experience in 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada when he ran in the final of the 800m and was placed fifth, behind winner Alberto Juantorena of Cuba.
During his career, Ovett was noted for the unusual range and timing of his races ; shortly before the 1980 Olympics in 10 days he ran four events of four different lengths: a mile in Oslo, 800 metres in Gothenburg, 600m at Crystal Palace and 3, 000m in Welwyn Garden City.
More specifically, Ovett ran behind Coe's shoulder for quite a long time, but on the final bend he fell two metres behind Coe and failed to close the gap in the home straight.
Ovett and last
In that race, Ovett waved to the crowd on the home straight and clearly slowed down in the last metres and still won by a second from Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan.
Against the advice of his friends and doctors he returned to compete in the 1500 m. Running in fourth place at the beginning of the last lap of the final, Ovett dropped out.
Ovett and seconds
Ovett took the record back on August 26 in Koblenz at 3: 47. 33, and Coe set the mark again at Brussels, at 3 minutes, 46. 32 seconds, a time that would stand until Steve Cram's run in 1985.
Ovett and Byers
The 1500 metres at the Bislett Games in 1981 became part of track folklore when star athletes including Steve Ovett chose not to follow pacemaker Tom Byers but race among themselves.
Ovett and finished
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.
Ovett and second
In the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Ovett and Coe won each 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 ).
Earlier that month, he had established a new mile world record of 3: 48. 8 and two weeks later equalled Sebastian Coe's world record of 3: 32. 1 in the 1500 m. The Moscow Olympics marked only the second time that Ovett and Coe had met each other in international competition ( the first being the 800 m in the 1978 European Championships ) and there was huge media speculation over which would emerge as the greater.
Ovett's participation in the 800 m would serve as a test for the 1500 m. In the 800 m final, Ovett was only in sixth place at the halfway mark, but pushed his way through the crowd to second place.
Though in 1980 Ovett had tied Coe's 1500 m world record of 3: 32. 1, new timing rules would come into effect in 1981, which would recognise records over 400 m to the hundredth of a second.
Ovett and by
The British public by now showed a keen interest in Ovett, and it was at the European Championships in 1978, that he raced against Sebastian Coe for the first time in their senior careers, beginning a rivalry that would become newsworthy.
However, Ovett avoided this unusual removal of a record via rule change by setting a new record later in 1980 of 3: 31. 36.
In 1980, the world mile record was set in this race by Steve Ovett, and in 1985 Steve Cram also set a new world mile record.
There have been many stories of metal theft ; a bronze statue of former Olympic champion Steve Ovett disappeared from Preston Park in Brighton and church bells in Devon were stolen by thieves.
Ovett and .
Races between British rivals Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram characterised middle distance running in 1980s.
Coe's rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.
In 1980 Coe broke Rick Wohlhuter's world record for 1, 000-metres with a time of 2: 13. 40 and held all four middle distance world records simultaneously, the 800m, 1000m, 1500m and the mile, for one hour until Ovett broke his mile record, another unique feat.
Stephen Michael James " Steve " Ovett OBE ( born 9 October 1955 ), is a former middle distance runner from England.
At the time the British press reported that Coe and Ovett had clashed after the race but Coe later revealed: " When Steve came over, he put his hand on my shoulder and said something.
Ovett arrived at the 1980 Moscow Olympics as favourite to take the 1500 m title, unbeaten over the 1500 m and mile for three years.
Ovett and later
This later led to a rift between Ovett and his parents, in particular his mother, who had remained a key figure in his career and had carefully managed the media's requests for his time ( Ovett was still living at home ).
Ovett and commenting
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 ".
ran and last
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