Coe opens track at London’s Olympic Stadium



LONDON (AP) — Sebastian Coe is back on the track.

More than 30 years after becoming an Olympic champion, Coe became one of the first people to test the red running surface for the 2012 London Games with 10 months to go.

Coe was the 1,500-meter Olympic champion in 1980 and 1984 and now heads the London organizing committee.

On Monday, he ran 100 meters with youngsters before completing a lap with Hannah England, the world silver medalist in the 1,500. Coe says “seeing some of our top British athletes on the track with local schoolchildren really underlines the stadium’s potential for 2012 and beyond.”

After the Olympics, the 80,000-seat stadium will be reduced to 60,000 for soccer and track and field.