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Coe To Be Inducted Into IAAF Hall of Fame

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 26, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM UTC
Sebastian Coe dominated the track in the 1980s. Photo: Loughborough University.

The British running legend won two Olympic gold medals.

He was one of the greatest middle-distance runners to take to the track, and according to a press release filed on the IAAF Web site, Sebastian Coe will be inducted into that organization’s hall of fame.

The IAAF Hall of Fame is a new concept that was started to commemorate its 100th anniversary this year.

Coe was a two-time Olympic champion in the 1500m. In 1979, he set three world records in a mere 41 days. He ran the 800m and mile records in separate meets in Oslo and then set the 1500m mark in Zurich.

Two years later, he established four more world records.

His 800m mark held all the way until 1997. Additionally, Coe won silver at the Olympics in 1980 and 1984.

In addition to Coe, prominent pole vaulter Sergey Bubka of Ukraine was named as a hall of fame inductee.

“I am delighted that two more of my Council colleagues will join the inaugural membership of the IAAF Hall of Fame,” said the IAAF President, Lamine Diack. “With the creation of the Hall of Fame we set out to honour the lifetime achievements of our greatest athletes, and heighten public awareness of our sport and its rich history. In Sergey and Seb we have two great champions and record breakers whose contribution to our sport’s success cannot be underestimated.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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