LORD Coe has been given an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Sunderland University.
It was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of athletics and leadership in the 2012 London Olympics bid.
He was presented with it by the university’s chancellor and fellow Olympian Steve Cram, in a ceremony at the Stadium of Light.
Lord Coe said: “I’m very flattered and very honoured, because I know what an honour if is to be invited into this community and a family celebration.
“And accepting it from Steve certainly adds to it.
“He’s a large part of the university and he’s also a great friend of mine, but it’s more than that because I know how strongly he feels about the university.”
The pair hold nine Olympic medals between them and competed against each other at the 1984 games.
Cram said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to present Seb with this doctorate, personally and for the university.
“When I was a young athlete Seb was a huge inspiration to me, and I am certain he will help to inspire our graduates as they set off from the starting blocks of their careers.
“As an athlete Seb was fearlessly competitive, incredible hard working and a peerless professional, and those characteristics have continued in his work beyond the running track.”