Steven Ovett

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Club:Annan
Gender:Male
Age Group:V60
County:Sussex
Region:Scotland
Nation:England
Lead Coach:Unknown
Previous Lead:Harry Wilson1973-1989

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Revered as an all time great of global middle distance running Ovett set six world records and was nigh on unbeatable between 1977 and 1981. His great rivalry with Sebastian Coe-- not that they raced each other much at all-- elevated athletics to a level of popularity that at times rivalled Football(!). During the first half of his career Ovett was renowned for his unrivalled burst of acceleration with 200m to go during which he could win a race in a matter of strides, this was his preferred method of victory as he rarely attempted to lead from the front and go for fast times. As such the 1980 Olympic 800m final was very much run to suit him-- whilst the 1500m later in the week was not. He had a thirteen year span between winning European junior and Commonwealth titles and his range of excellence from 200m to half marathon was unmatched by any athlete. In 2014 he lost his last British record, being succeeded as two mile record holder by Mo Farah after thirty six years.

Best known performances
EventPB20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007200619911990Event198919881987198619841983198219811980197919781977197619751974Event197319721970
20021.720021.7200
40047.540048.747.540048.451.6
6001:16.06001:16.01:18.56001:19.5
8001:44.098001:48.161:44.811:45.251:45.501:44.911:44.091:45.441:46.091:45.778001:47.341:52.52:00.0
10002:15.9110002:15.912:19.162:20.110002:20.02:29.2
15003:30.773:45.3315003:37.403:36.903:33.783:34.503:30.773:31.573:31.363:32.113:35.593:34.453:37.893:39.515003:44.8
Mile3:48.40Mile3:59.663:52.993:50.493:48.403:48.83:49.573:52.83:54.693:57.003:59.4Mile4:00.0
20004:57.7120005:01.474:57.714:57.822000
30007:41.38:07.287:59.6i30007:53.497:44.837:43.877:43.47:41.33000
EventPB20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007200619911990Event198919881987198619841983198219811980197919781977197619751974Event197319721970
2Miles8:13.512Miles8:24.058:25.528:13.512Miles
500013:20.06500013:23.1913:20.0613:27.8713:25.05000
8K22:248K22:248K
10K28:1647:5610K28:1610K
HM65:38HM65:38HM

Performances Submit
1970 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 2011

2011 V55 Annan
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K47:56428North ShieldsNorth Tyneside 10K24 Apr 11
1991 V35 Annan
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30008:07.281Cardiff-18 May 91
1990 SEN Annan
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:45.333h1Birmingham-3 Aug 90
30007:59.6i2Cosford-12 Dec 90
1989 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:48.164New Delhi, IND-20 Sep 89
15003:37.404La Coruna, ESP-25 Jul 89
15003:38.441Kvarnsveden, SWE-27 Jun 89
15003:39.81Palermo, ITA-1 Jul 89
15003:40.0512Seville, ESP-20 Jun 89
15003:40.993New Delhi, IND-19 Sep 89
Mile3:59.6610Crystal Palace-15 Sep 89
30007:53.491Vasteras, SWE-29 Jun 89
1988 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:36.907Hengelo, NEDAdrien Paulen Memorial14 Aug 88
1987 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30007:44.831Belfast-20 Jul 87
2Miles8:24.053London-14 Aug 87
500013:23.192La Coruna, ESP-5 Aug 87
500013:28.686h2Rome, ITAIAAF World Championships4 Sep 87
500013:33.4910Rome, ITAIAAF World Championships6 Sep 87
1986 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:33.781Koblenz, FRG-6 Aug 86
15003:34.501Paris, FRA-22 Jul 86
Mile3:52.991Cork, IRL-8 Jul 86
20005:01.471Seville, ESPInv24 May 86
500013:20.061BelfastUlsG30 Jun 86
500013:24.111EdinburghCommonwealth Games31 Jul 86
500013:31.246h1Stuttgart, FRGEuropean Championships28 Aug 86
5000DNFDNFStuttgart, FRGEuropean Championships31 Aug 86
8K22:241OxfordGaymers11 May 86
1984 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:44.814s1Los Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games5 Aug 84
8001:45.722q3Los Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games4 Aug 84
8001:46.662h5Los Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games3 Aug 84
8001:52.288Los Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games6 Aug 84
15003:34.501Oslo, NORBislett Games28 Jun 84
15003:36.554s2Los Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games10 Aug 84
15003:49.231h3Los Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games9 Aug 84
1500DNFDNFLos Angeles CA, USAOlympic Games11 Aug 84
1983 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:45.252Brussels, BELIvo Van Damme Memorial26 Aug 83
15003:30.771Rieti, ITAInv4 Sep 83
15003:32.951Koblenz, GERR-W31 Aug 83
15003:33.811OsloBislett Games28 Jun 83
15003:36.262s2Helsinki, FINIAAF World Championships13 Aug 83
15003:39.002h3Helsinki, FINIAAF World Championships12 Aug 83
15003:42.344Helsinki, FINIAAF World Championships14 Aug 83
Mile3:50.491Oslo, NORNorG23 Aug 83
Mile3:52.712Crystal PalaceIAC9 Sep 83
10K28:164Battersea ParkRank4 Dec 83
1982 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20004:57.711Oslo, NOROsloG7 Jul 82
30007:43.872Oslo, NORBisl26 Jun 82
1981 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:31.571Budapest, HUNBCGP29 Jul 81
15003:31.951Milan, ITAInv8 Jul 81
15003:32.9+mKoblenz, GERR-W-1M26 Aug 81
15003:34.631Bergen, NOR-3 Aug 81
15003:34.951Rome, ITAWorld Cup5 Sep 81
Mile3:48.401Koblenz, GERR-W26 Aug 81
Mile3:49.251Oslo, NOROsloG11 Jul 81
Mile3:49.661Lausanne, SUIAthl14 Jul 81
Mile3:50.232Rieti, ITAInv9 Sep 81
2Miles8:25.521London-11 Sep 81
1980 SEN Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:45.501Moscow, URSOlympic Games26 Jul 80
8001:46.551s1Moscow, URSOlympic Games25 Jul 80
8001:48.391h1Moscow, URSOlympic Games24 Jul 80
15003:31.361Koblenz, GERR-W27 Aug 80
15003:32.091Oslo, NOROsloG15 Jul 80
15003:32.7+mOslo, NORBisl-1M1 Jul 80
15003:35.231Crystal PalaceRotary Watches26 Jun 80
15003:36.801h4Moscow, URSOlympic Games30 Jul 80
15003:38.993Moscow, URSOlympic Games1 Aug 80
15003:43.091s1Moscow, URSOlympic Games31 Jul 80
Mile3:48.81Oslo, NORBisl1 Jul 80
Mile3:51.561Brussels, BELIvo Van Damme22 Aug 80
Mile3:52.841London-25 Aug 80
1979 SEN Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
6001:16.01Crystal PalaceInv15 Aug 79
8001:44.912Cologne, GER-19 Aug 79
10002:15.911Koblenz, GERR-W6 Sep 79
15003:32.111Brussels, BELVD4 Sep 79
Mile3:49.571Crystal PalaceRotary31 Aug 79
500013:27.872Crystal PalaceIAC8 Aug 79
500013:31.941Budapest, HUN-11 Aug 79
1978 SEN Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:44.092Prague, CZEEuropean Championships31 Aug 78
8001:45.381Turku, FINPaavo Nurmi27 Jul 78
8001:46.511s2Prague, CZEEuropean Championships30 Aug 78
8001:47.801h1Prague, CZEEuropean Championships29 Aug 78
15003:35.591Prague, CZEEuropean Championships3 Sep 78
15003:35.81Oslo, NOR-3 Aug 78
15003:42.941hPrague, CZEEuropean Championships1 Sep 78
Mile3:52.81Stovner, NOR-20 Sep 78
Mile3:55.71Dublin, IRL-12 Jul 78
20004:57.821Crystal PalaceSC-nc3 Jun 78
30007:43.4+mCrystal PalaceIAC-2M15 Sep 78
2Miles8:13.511Crystal PalaceIAC15 Sep 78
XC37:491DerbyInter Counties21 Jan 78
1977 U23 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:34.451Dusseldorf, GERWP3 Sep 77
15003:37.51CwmbranUK Championships12 Jun 77
15003:44.941Helsinki, FINEuropean Cup13 Aug 77
Mile3:54.691Crystal PalaceDebenham26 Jun 77
30007:41.31Wattenscheid, GERInv23 Sep 77
500013:25.02GatesheadGateG30 Jul 77
500013:53.41Middleton, IRL-7 Jul 77
HM65:381DartfordDartford Half Marathon20 Aug 77
1976 U23 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
6001:18.51Crystal PalaceBMC12 May 76
8001:45.445Montreal, CANOlympic Games25 Jul 76
8001:45.505Zurich, SUIWKZ18 Aug 76
8001:46.143s1Montreal, CANOlympic Games24 Jul 76
8001:48.271h3Montreal, CANOlympic Games23 Jul 76
8001:48.271hMontreal, CANOlympic Games23 Jul 76
10002:19.162Nice, FRA-16 Aug 76
15003:37.891hMontreal, CANOlympic Games29 Jul 76
15003:39.641Crystal PalaceOlympic Trials12 Jun 76
15003:40.346s1Montreal, CANOlympic Games30 Jul 76
1975 U23 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
20021.71BBarkingBAL Division 426 Jul 75
40048.71BarkingBAL Division 426 Jul 75
8001:46.091Crystal PalaceAAA Championships2 Aug 75
8001:46.561NiceEuropean Cup17 Aug 75
15003:39.56mStockholm,SWEDNG30 Jun 75
Mile3:57.008Stockholm,SWEDNG30 Jun 75
6MXC32:061LutonEnglish National U20 Championships1 Mar 75
1974 U20 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40047.5Crystal PalaceSouthern CAA Junior15 Jun 74
8001:45.772Rome, ITAEC4 Sep 74
8001:46.81Warsaw, POLvPOL,CAN30 Jun 74
8001:46.841Crystal PalaceAAA Championships13 Jul 74
8001:47.02h2Rome, ITAEuropean Championships2 Sep 74
8001:47.11s1Rome, ITAEuropean Championships3 Sep 74
10002:20.13GatesheadGateshead Games3 Aug 74
Mile3:59.41HaringeyBMC Brigg Mile17 Jul 74
1973 U20 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:47.346Crystal PalaceAAA Championships14 Jul 73
8001:47.442h3Crystal PalaceAAA13 Jul 73
8001:47.531Duisburg, GEREuropean Juniors26 Aug 73
10002:20.01Crystal PalaceLFB17 Aug 73
15003:44.8+mMotspur ParkBMC City Charity Mile25 Jul 73
Mile4:00.02AMotspur ParkBMC City Charity Mile25 Jul 73
1972 U17 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40048.41Crystal PalaceLondvSC-ns-1720 Aug 72
6001:19.52NewhamNhFM26 Apr 72
8001:52.51BrightonSussS-1717 Jun 72
10002:29.22Crystal PalaceBMC29 Mar 72
1970 U15
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40051.61BrightonSussex Schools13 Jun 70
8002:00.01WaltonWalton Open16 May 70
Total Performances: 135
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UK Rankings
EventAGYearRank
400U15AT79
400U17AT40
600U17AT2
600ALLAT8
800ALL198925
800U20AT2
800U23AT10
800U17AT45
800ALLAT9
1000ALLAT4
1500ALL19895
1500ALL199041
1500ALLAT4
1500U20AT59
1500U23AT4
MileU20AT5
MileU23AT11
MileALLAT3
2000ALLAT7
3000ALL198917
3000ALL199029
3000U23AT1
3000ALLAT12
2MilesALLAT3
5000U23AT9
5000ALLAT27
10KALLAT28