Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:27
I remember at the time the press seemed to prefer the nice middle class boy Coe to Ovett, the son of Brighton market traders (I think, can't be bothered to check); they particularly fixated on his habit of waving to the crowd, or as they saw it his girlfriend, when as ever he was miles ahead in the home straight. I kind of liked the slightly outlawish image he had compared with Coe, who always seemed too establishment. Of course, after they both won golds in the 'wrong' races in Moscow, 1980, Ovett heroically finished fourth trying to defend his 800m title in 1984 having suffered respiratory problems, and crazily ran in the 1500m final after two days in hospital - he had to pull out. Great man, but as someone says above, we were truly blessed in those days with some great great middle distance athletes, of whom Coe was also one of the best two.