He took it forward for future runners like Coe, Cram and Ovett
but sadly now there is not as much interest, especially in distance running.
Coe and Steve Ovett
virtually monopolised the 800 metres and 1,500m events in the early 1980s, but since their heyday the discipline has gradually declined in Britain as African and other European nations have progressed.
The two great rivals Sebastian Coe an Steve Ovett
had both been in recordbreaking form prior to the Games.
LINFORD CHRISTIE should never have been handed an official coach's pass for the World Athletics Championships here, according to former Olympic champ Steve Ovett
and top official Sir Arthur Gold.
1972: Future Olympic middledistance medallists Steve Ovett
and Sebastian Coe competed in the British Schools Cross-Country Championships.
She carries 6lb extra for that win but can scythe Ovett
down late on to take her career tally to three wins from five outings.
He was portrayed as the posh boy and I was supposedly the rough diamond, but when you stripped away the lacquers that were layered over the truth, we were, and are, very similar characters" - Olympics gold medal-winning runner Steve Ovett
, saying that the rivalry between him and Seb Coe was largely a media invention.
To mark the Queen''s Diamond Jubilee, the stunning Ovett
sofa is available in a choice of leather or fabric.
When I was at school, it was cooler to prefer Steve Ovett
There are some who will argue that we aren't good enough at the track and field events that used to be dominated by heroes such as Coe, Ovett
and Thompson, but who cares?
That is what Steve Ovett
, Seb Coe and Steve Cram had.
It is almost a quarter of a century since the likes of Coe, who claimed double Olympic gold in 1980 and 1984, Steve Ovett
- winner of the 800m in Moscow - and world champion Steve Cram dominated the events.