British middle distance running could not believe its luck when, in a majestic-striding youngster from the northeast called Steve Cram, it found a "third man" to eclipse Seb Coe and Steve Ovett. Steve quietly nurtured a natural gift that was arguably superior to both of them.
When he was in full cry during his destruction of Ovett's 1500m and Coe's World mile records in 1985, one commentator likened it to "watching a Greek god on the track".
For five seasons between 1982 and 1986, he enjoyed a dazzling spell of competitive success which neither Coe nor Ovett ever matched, winning a world, two European and three Commonwealth Golds.
The ultimate prize deserted him when, not fully fit, he had to settle for silver behind Coe in the Los Angeles Olympics 1500m final. His response was three world records in 19 days the following year, including history's first sub-three and half minute metric mile in one of the sport's epic duels, with Said Aouita.
Steve is now the main athletics presenter on BBC Grandstand and does a great deal of after dinner and motivational speaking and is in great demand from corporate clients.
Stephen Cram CBE (born 14 October 1960) is a British retired track and field athlete. Along with fellow Britons Sebastial Coe and Steve Ovett, he was one of the world's dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s. Nicknamed "The Jarrow Arrow", after his hometown, Cram set world runners in the 1500m, 2000m and the mile during a 19-day period in the summer of 1985. He was the first man to run 1500 m under 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He won the 1500 m gold medal at the 1983 World Championships and the 1500 m silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games. He is available to hire as an Awards Host, Motivatinal Speaker, Presenter, After Dinner Speaker or Inpsirational Speaker.