Currently alive, at 64 years of age.
1956 – Born on the 29th of September in Chiswick, London.
1977 – Coe studied economics and social history at Loughborough University and won his first major race – an 800-metre event at the European indoor championships in San Sebastián, Spain.
1972 – He first ran against Ovett in a schools cross country race.
1978 – Neither won, nor did they win in their first major encounter in the European Championships Prague in an 800 metre race, where Ovett was second and Coe finished third.
1980 – Coe broke Rick Wohlhuter’s world record for 1,000-metres with a time of 2:13.40.
1981 – He managed to better with a sterling 2:12.18.
1986 – Coe won a gold medal over 800m at the European Championships in Stuttgart.
1992 – Coe became Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne.
1997 – The Conservative Party, but lost his seat in the general election.
2000 – He returned to politics for a short time as William Hague’s ‘chief of staff’, having taken a life peerage.
2004 – Resignation of chairman Barbara Cassani, Coe became the chairman for the latter phase of the bid.
2005 – In December, Coe was given a Special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for services to sport.