Coe as a teen was more a 1500/3000 type. At 18 he got a 1500 bronze at the European Juniors. In 1977 at 20 he became Britain's top 800m man running at the European Cup and breaking the UK record at the late season Coca-Cola meet at Crystal Palace. But he did also beat Filbert Bayi in the Emsley Carr mile a few weeks before that.