Athletics...and Britain's Sebastian Coe shattered the world one thousand five hundred metres record on Wednesday?
Athletics...and Britain's Sebastian Coe shattered the world one thousand five hundred metres record on Wednesday night (15 August) at the international "Golden Sprint" meet in the Zurich. His winning time of three minutes 32-point-1 seconds, chipped one-tenth of a second off the previous record of three minutes 32-point-2 seconds -- set by Tanzanian Filbert Bayi in New Zeal;and in 1974.
SYNOPSIS: The twenty-two-year old Briton started the one thousand five hundred metre race with two world records already behind him -- both established in the last six weeks. He began his wining streak in Oslo with a new eight hundred metres world record of one minute 42-point-33 seconds. And two weeks ago he established a new mile record of three minutes 49 seconds.
It was on the second lap that Coe took the lead. He commented later that the pace set in the first lap had been too fast and that his father -- also his trainer -- had shouted to him to slow down. As he steadily forged ahead he was fighting a rising a wind as well as the clock. But he set himself a steady pace an d had little challenge from the rest of the runners.
At the bell that ended the second ??? fifty-seven seconds... And so he stepped up his pace.
With long, smooth strides it was a race against the clock, spurred on the by thousands of cheering fans.
The British student now becomes the first athlete ever to hold all three records at the same time.