Steven Ovett

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Club:Annan
Gender:Male
Age Group:V65
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
EventPB20242023202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011Event201020092008200720061991199019891988198719861984198319821981Event1980197919781977197619751974197319721970
20021.720020021.7
40047.540040048.747.548.451.6
6001:16.06006001:16.01:18.51:19.5
8001:44.098001:48.161:44.811:45.258001:45.501:44.911:44.091:45.441:46.091:45.771:47.341:52.52:00.0
10002:15.91100010002:15.912:19.162:20.12:20.02:29.2
15003:30.7715003:45.333:37.403:36.903:33.783:34.503:30.773:31.5715003:31.363:32.113:35.593:34.453:37.893:39.53:44.8
Mile3:48.40Mile3:59.663:52.993:50.493:48.40Mile3:48.83:49.573:52.83:54.693:57.003:59.44:00.0
20004:57.7120005:01.474:57.7120004:57.82
30007:41.330008:07.287:59.6i7:53.497:44.837:43.8730007:43.47:41.3
EventPB20242023202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011Event201020092008200720061991199019891988198719861984198319821981Event1980197919781977197619751974197319721970
2Miles8:13.512Miles8:24.058:25.522Miles8:13.51
500013:20.06500013:23.1913:20.06500013:27.8713:27.8713:25.0
8K22:248K22:248K
10K28:1610K28:1610K
HM65:38HMHM65:38

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

1991 V35 Annan
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30008:07.281CardiffTwin Cities Match18 May 91
1990 SEN Annan
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:45.333h1BirminghamAAA & WAAA Championships3 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 PalaceMcVit/SFBf15 Sep 89
30007:53.491Västerås, 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, ESPInvitational24 May 86
500013:20.061BelfastUlsG30 Jun 86
500013:24.111EdinburghCommonwealth Games31 Jul 86
500013:31.246h1Stuttgart, FRGEuropean Championships28 Aug 86
5000DNF-Stuttgart, 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, ITAInvitational4 Sep 83
15003:32.951Koblenz, GERR-W31 Aug 83
15003:33.811Oslo, NORBislett 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, NORBislett Games7 Jul 82
30007:43.872Oslo, NORBislett Games26 Jun 82
1981 SEN Brighton Phoenix
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15003:31.571Budapest, HUNBCGP29 Jul 81
15003:31.951Milan, ITAMilan Invitational8 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, NORBislett Games11 Jul 81
Mile3:49.661Lausanne, SUIAthl14 Jul 81
Mile3:50.232Rieti, ITAInvitational9 Sep 81
2Miles8:25.521London-11 Sep 81
1980 SEN Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
8001:45.501Moscow, RUSOlympic 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, NOROslo Games15 Jul 80
15003:32.7+mOslo, NORBislett Games1 Jul 80
15003:35.231Crystal PalaceRotary Watches26 Jun 80
15003:36.801h4Moscow, URSOlympic Games30 Jul 80
15003:38.993Moscow, RUSOlympic Games1 Aug 80
15003:43.091s1Moscow, URSOlympic Games31 Jul 80
Mile3:48.81Oslo, NORBislett Games1 Jul 80
Mile3:51.561Brussels, BELIvo Van Damme22 Aug 80
Mile3:52.841London-25 Aug 80
500013:27.872Crystal PalaceIAC8 Aug 80
1979 SEN Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
6001:16.01Crystal PalaceInv/SCAAA Open15 Aug 79
8001:44.912Cologne, GER-19 Aug 79
10002:15.911Koblenz, GERR-W6 Sep 79
15003:32.111Brussels, BELVD4 Sep 79
15003:34.0+mCrystal PalaceRotary Watches International Invitation31 Aug 79
Mile3:49.571Crystal PalaceRotary Watches International Invitation31 Aug 79
Mile3:55.31Crystal PalaceIAC / Coca Cola Match14 Sep 79
500013:27.872Crystal PalaceLFB/BMC/IAC8 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, NOROslo Games3 Aug 78
15003:42.941h2Prague, CZEEuropean Championships1 Sep 78
Mile3:52.81Stovner, NOR-20 Sep 78
Mile3:55.71Dublin, IRL-12 Jul 78
20004:57.821Crystal PalaceSCAAA Invitational3 Jun 78
30007:43.4+mCrystal PalaceIAC15 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 PalaceDebenhams International Games26 Jun 77
Mile3:56.61Crystal PalaceIAC/Coca-Cola Meeting9 Sep 77
30007:41.31Wattenscheid, GERInvitational23 Sep 77
500013:25.02GatesheadGateshead Games30 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, SUIWeltklasse18 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
20021.71BBarkingBritish Athletics League Division 426 Jul 75
40048.71BarkingBritish Athletics League Division 426 Jul 75
8001:46.091Crystal PalaceAAA Championships2 Aug 75
8001:46.561NiceEuropean Cup17 Aug 75
15003:39.56mStockholm,SWEDagens Nyheter Galan30 Jun 75
Mile3:57.008Stockholm,SWEDagens Nyheter Galan30 Jun 75
6MXC32:061LutonEnglish National U20 Championships1 Mar 75
1974 U20 Brighton & Hove
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40047.5Crystal PalaceSouthern CAA Junior15 Jun 74
8001:45.772Rome, ITAEuropean Championships4 Sep 74
8001:46.81Warsaw, POLGreat Britain V Poland, Canada30 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 PalaceAAA Championships13 Jul 73
8001:47.531Duisburg, GEREuropean Junior Championships26 Aug 73
8001:49.601s2Duisburg, GEREuropean Junior Championships25 Aug 73
8001:52.821h2Duisburg, GEREuropean Junior Championships24 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 PalaceLondvSC20 Aug 72
6001:19.52NewhamNhFM26 Apr 72
8001:52.51BrightonSussex Schools Championships17 Jun 72
10002:29.22Crystal PalaceBMC29 Mar 72
1970 U15
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
40051.61BrightonSussex Schools Championships13 Jun 70
8002:00.01WaltonWalton Open16 May 70
Total Performances: 140
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UK Rankings
EventAGYearRank
400U15AT81
400U17AT45
600U17AT2
600ALLAT10
800ALL198925
800U17AT59
800U23AT18
800U20AT3
800ALLAT15
1000U17AT6
1000U20AT3
1000ALLAT5
1500ALL19895
1500ALL199041
1500U23AT7
1500ALLAT8
1500U20AT74
MileU23AT13
MileU20AT5
MileALLAT7
2000ALLAT8
3000ALL198917
3000ALL199029
3000ALL199145
3000ALLAT20
3000U23AT2
3000iV35AT2
2MilesALLAT4
5000U23AT10
5000ALLAT37
10KALLAT36