Grendal wrote:In terms of records and success, the greatest was probably Coe - but I sincerely believe that Ovett was the better runner of the two - he always seemed to have so much in hand - in fact I think he was a really lazy runner who had he really stretched himself he would have broken 3:30 for 1500 metres and 3:46 for the mile - he had such a variety of distances as well, from 800 up to the half marathon - really an unfullfilled talent.
TFN's message board has a great thread in the historical category devoted to Ovett. Some great posts by marknhj (a former UK international HJer) - check out his recollection of an overheard conversation between Andy Norman and Brendan Foster.
When we talk about the greatest GB athletics moments, I know that Coe's OG 1500s will rank above anything Ovett did in a public vote but for me nothing beats Ovett in the 77 World Cup when he destroyed John Walker.
Coe has the records and gold medals but Ovett inspires far more affection. As marknhj says over on TFN - read the thread and 'feel the love'.