MIDDLEPAGE: MIDDLEDISTANCE legends Seb Coe and Steve Ovett
returned to winning ways at a blustery Birmingham.
Guy Learmonth claims it's time for a new golden era of middledistance magic which buries the feats of Seb Coe and Steve Ovett
deep inside the history books.
And he revealed his dad and coach Geoff had spoken to the legendary 800m and 1500m star about how his son should tackle both events at a major games for the first time, an art lost since the days when Coe and Steve Ovett
duelled in both events in the 80s.
1972: Steve Ovett
and Sebastian Coe competed in the British Schools Cross-Country Championships.
Andrasch Starke (pictured) 44 eighttime champion jockey in Germany; Jacinto Vasquez 74 US Hall of Fame jockey; Robbie Hennessy 48 trainer of Sublimity & Rubi Light; Roger Stein 64 trainer of Forty Niner Days & Southern Truce; Tommy Jennings 82 rider of Sempervivum & Mugatpura; David Walsh 43 rider of Grange Brake & Barton Bank; John Gundill 47 clerk of the course at Redcar 1997-2005; Brian O'Neil 74 owner of Cathy Jane; Nick Ovett
51 joint ownerbreeder of Briareus; Javed Iqbal 39 yardman at Manor House Stables Please notify birthday greetings to us at least one week before publication HORSE PLAY ANSWERS Easy as 1-2-3 1.
It's like that old Seb Coe and Steve Ovett
story, when the former can't enjoy his Christmas lunch despite having run 20 miles that day because he thinks the latter was probably out running.
BORN SHARON Osbourne, UK music manager, 1952 STEVE Ovett
, UK runner, 1955, above DAVID Cameron, British Prime Minister, 1966 DIED RAICH Carter, UK footballer, 1994, above ALEC Douglas-Home, UK Prime Minister, 1995 PIUS XII, Italian pope, 1958
MO Farah marked his first appearance on a British track in over a year by shattering Steve Ovett
's 36-year-old British record over two miles at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday.
1979: Steve Ovett
deprived Sebastian Coe of his world mile record when he set a new best mark of three minutes 48.8 seconds in Oslo.
Like with (Seb) Coe versus (Steve) Ovett
, (Sugar) Ray Leonard v Marvin Hagler, this is a great rivalry and these are the things which make sport interesting."
IT'S not quite a rivalry of Seb Coe-Steve Ovett
proportions, but all the same Rhys Williams will prioritise the hunting down of his Welsh nemesis Dai Greene at the World Championships in Moscow.
Not one of the near 13,000 fans cared that the 29-year-old was unable to break Steve Ovett
's 34-year-old European outdoor two miles record as he won the race with considerabled and predictable ease, bursting clear with 200 metres to go.