Aug. 28, 1981: Trading the golden mile
Sebastian Coe. Photo: PA Photos/Getty Images
38 years ago today, the world record for running a mile changed hands for the third time in 10 days after British runner Sebastian Coe snatched the record back from fellow countryman Steve Ovett.
The big picture: The record wasn't broken again until Britain's Steve Cram ran a 3:46.32 in 1985. Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj (3:43.13) is the current record holder.
- Aug. 19: Coe breaks Ovett's record with a time of 3:48:53 in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Aug. 26: Ovett reclaims his record with a time of 3:48:40 in Koblenz, Germany.
- Aug. 28: Coe breaks Ovett's record again with a time of 3:47.33 in Brussels, Belgium.