European Championships

Date: 1978
Place: Prague
Location: Czech Republic
Created By: Private User


About This Event

Ran the 800 metre race, where Steve Ovett was 2nd, breaking Coe's UK record with a run of 1:44.09. Coe finished third behind the East German Olaf Beyer. According to Pat Butcher in "The Perfect Distance - Ovett & Coe", Coe's father and coach Peter Coe had encouraged him to run as fast as he could from the start. The early pace was indeed exceptionally fast: Coe ran 200 metres in 24.3 seconds, 400 metres in 49.32 seconds and 600 metres in 1:16.2: then he slowed down and finished third in 1:44.76.

Coe reclaimed the UK record a few weeks later setting an all-comers' mark of 1:43.97 at Crystal Palace to rank him second in the world that year.