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    Sebastian Coe

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    September 29, 1956 —

    Sebastian Coe could have become an Indian Olympian.

    One of the greatest British athletes of all time, Coe won two golds and two silvers at the 1980 and 1984 Games. When he didn't qualify for the 1988 installment, India (where his grandfather hailed from) would have welcomed him with open arms — he would have automatically become the greatest Indian Olympian ever.

    Of course, this is not IndianOrNotIndian.com (although why have we profiled Gandhi?) Yet, India remains proud of its quarter-son, and, in a recent interview with the India Times, Coe played up that ancestry, saying "my father was from East end of London with Jewish background and my mother had an Indian background".

    Back up there for a minute!

    Alas, it looks like Coe has been misquoted. Ancestral research has not discovered a Jew on his family tree.

    Besides, it's too late for Coe to become an Israeli Olympian...

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    June 20, 2018

    See Also

    Harold Abrahams

    Matthew Centrowitz

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Lon Myers

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