BBC To Release Film Documenting Coe/Ovett Rivalry

To be based on the book The Perfect Distance.

Written by: Sean McKeon

During the 1980’s, there was no rivalry as fierce as that between British middle distance stars Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett. The BBC has announced they will produce a film based on the two running legends, to be released before the 2012 London Olympics. Pat Butcher’s The Perfect Distance will be the basis for the screenplay.

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Coe and Ovett traded world records and Olympic titles like they were baseball cards during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. During a span of 10 days in 1981, the men exchanged the one-mile world record three times. The movie will help bring the real lives of the men in to the very public competitive side the world witnessed.

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