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Seb Coe

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Olympic gold medallist

Set 11 world records

Leader of the London 2012 bid; Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Lord Seb Coe was Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2012.

A former British athlete, Seb won the 1500m gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records. He was the first man to break the 1 minute 43 seconds, and 1 minute 42 seconds barriers in the 800m event and is widely considered to be amongst the greatest middle distance runners of all time.

Following his retirement from athletics, he served as a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1992. On becoming a life peer in 2000, he returned to politics as William Hague’s (then Leader of the Conservatives) Chief of Staff for a short time.

In 2005, he led the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. After the International Olympic Committee announced London as the winning bid, he took on the role of Chairman of the organising committee.

Our Comment

"A strong motivator, Seb’s speech in front of the International Olympic Committee is widely believed to have clinched the Olympics for London. He was one of the leading masterminds behind the 2012 Games, and perhaps its best-known public face."

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