Sheffield’s Seb Coe: a day to remember

Seb Coe during a visit to Hope Valley College
Seb Coe during a visit to Hope Valley College

Those were the days...

Sheffield’s Seb Coe ran his first sub four-minute mile, on this day in 1975.

Looking back

Looking back

Four years later, on the same date of July 17, the former Tapton and Abbeydale schoolboy broke the world mile record in Oslo, knocking 0.4 seconds off John Walker’s four-year-old mark to set a new time of three minutes 48.95 seconds.

Quite a day in history for the former athlete, now a 58-year-old Conservative MP.

Here are some other sporting memories from this day:

1998: Celtic named Jozef Venglos as their new manager, while Liverpool announced Gerard Houllier would share managerial duties with Roy Evans.

2000: Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne agreed terms for a free transfer move from Middlesbrough to Premier League rivals Everton.

2009: World number one Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Open Championship at Turnberry.

2011: Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke became the oldest Open champion since 1967 at the age of 42, winning by three shots at Royal St George’s, Sandwich.

2012: Cycling’s governing body the UCI confirmed Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck had failed a doping test, taken on July 14, for the diuretic Xipamide.

2013: Chelsea confirmed they had made a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, although they denied they had offered either Juan Mata or David Luiz in part exchange. United chief executive Ed Woodward left the club’s tour of the Far East to carry out some urgent transfer business.