Lord Sebastian Coe KBE BSc in Economics, 1979 Hon DTech, 1985 Seb is one of Britain’s greatest athletes, heralding from the golden age of British athletics.
He was coached by his father who designed workouts specifically for his son. Seb studied economics and social history at Loughborough University and won his first major race in 1977 – an 800-metre event at the European indoor championships in San Sebastián, Spain.
It was at Loughborough University that he met athletics coach George Gandy who had developed “revolutionary” conditioning exercise to improve Coe’s running. Seb won back to back Olympic gold medals in the 1500m in 1980 and 1984, and claimed silver medals in the 800m at both Moscow and Los Angeles Olympic Games. With two Olympic golds, two silvers, a European gold, eight outdoor and three indoor world records, Seb can look back on an athletic career of almost unparalleled achievement.
Following his retirement from athletics in 1990, he served as a Conservative MP and, in 2000, was made a life peer. In 2006, Lord Coe was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Seb played a leading role in winning the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and now serves as Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). His inspirational presentation to the IOC was a key moment in winning the 2012 bid. He is Vice-Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).