The Perfect Distance: Ovett and Coe: The Record Breaking Rivalry
teve Ovett and Sebastian Coe presided over the golden era of British athletics. Between them they won three Olympic gold medals, two silvers, one bronze, and broke a total of twelve middle-distance records. As far apart as possible in terms of class and upbringing, their rivalry burned as intense on the track as away from it. The pendulum swung between the pair of them—each breaking the other's records, and, memorably, triumphing in each other's events in Moscow in 1980. The Perfect Distance is both a detailed re-creation and a fitting celebration of the greatest era of British athletics.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Butcher, Pat, "The Perfect Distance: Ovett and Coe: The Record Breaking Rivalry" (2004). Prairie Striders Library Collection. 197.