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Coe hopeful of British Revival

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Lord Sebastian Coe believes he has seen signs of a renaissance in British men's middle-distance running ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.


Coe, who along with Steve Ovett and Steve Cram was part of a golden generation, is cautiously optimistic about the prospects for British runners after a barren spell in the 800 and 1,500metres events. Men like Michael East, Andrew Baddeley and Nick McCormick have all turned in impressive performances in recent times.


"At least we're beginning to see glimmers of hope in some of the middle-distance events with the guys that are out there running 1.45s, which is good," Coe said. "Given where we've come from this is hugely encouraging - but we've got to put this into perspective because these guys would still have been some way off picking up an A place in a grand prix."


He continued: "The issue really is that the assessments are going to be more acute because in the past we haven't had something (like the 2012 Olympics) to aim at six years down the road.


"We've got to find the right structure and the right coaching to produce quality athletes but the bottom line is we don't have any alternatives but to find competitive runners."


Coe was speaking at the launch of the Nike Run London 10km event, which will take place in London's Hyde Park on October 8.

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