Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, CH, KBE, Hon FRIBA (born 29 September 1956), often referred to as Seb Coe or Lord Coe,[3][4] is a British politician and former track and field athlete. As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984. He set nine outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of 41 days – and the world record he set in the 800 metres in 1981 remained unbroken until 1997. Coe's rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.[5]


The Lord Coe

Coe during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2012
President of World Athletics
Assumed office
19 August 2015
Preceded byLamine Diack
Chairman of the British Olympic Association
In office
7 November 2012  24 November 2016
PresidentThe Princess Royal
Preceded byThe Lord Moynihan
Succeeded bySir Hugh Robertson
President of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
In office
24 August 2008  12 August 2012
PresidentJacques Rogge
Preceded byLiu Qi
Succeeded byCarlos Arthur Nuzman
Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
In office
18 May 2004  30 May 2013
Chair of the London bid: 18 May 2004 – 7 October 2005
Preceded byBarbara Cassani
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 June 1997  13 September 2001
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byJonathan Powell
Succeeded byJenny Ungless
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
16 May 2000
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Falmouth and Camborne
In office
9 April 1992  8 April 1997
Preceded byDavid Mudd
Succeeded byCandy Atherton
Personal details
Born
Sebastian Newbold Coe

(1956-09-29) 29 September 1956 (age 64)
Hammersmith, London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
    Nicky McIrvine
    (m. 1990; div. 2002)
      Carole Annett
      (m. 2011)
      Children4
      Alma materLoughborough University
      Sports career
      Personal information
      Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
      Weight119 lb (54 kg)[1]
      SportAthletics/Track, Mid-distance running
      Event(s)800 meters, 1500 meters, Mile
      TeamHallamshire Harriers, Sheffield
      Haringey AC, London

      Following Coe's retirement from athletics, he was a Conservative member of parliament from 1992 to 1997 for Falmouth in Cornwall, and became a Life Peer on 16 May 2000.

      He headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and became chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2007, he was elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and re-elected for another four-year term in 2011.[6] In August 2015, he was elected president of the IAAF.[7]

      In 2012, Coe was appointed Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University where he had been an undergraduate, and is also a member of the University's governing body. He was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame.[8] In November 2012, he was appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association. Coe was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2012.[9]