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Daniel Radcliffe to play Seb Coe in movie

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British actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for playing Harry Potter, will be cast as two-time Olympic champion runner Seb Coe in an upcoming film, according to reports.

“Gold” will tell the story of Coe’s middle-distance rivalry with fellow Brit Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Coe won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and silver in the 800m at both Games. Ovett won gold in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m in Moscow.

It’s not yet known who will play Ovett, according to the BBC.

“I hadn’t realized how good it was until you dig into their past,” Oscar-winning screen writer Simon Beaufoy told the BBC. “They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met … apart from on the track — but not very often, even on the track.”

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Beaufoy said they raced against each other twice before Moscow, one of them being a school cross-country meet.

Filming will reportedly begin in the United Kingdom and Russia in April.

Does Radcliffe resemble Coe? You be the judge.

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It’s not the first time Radcliffe’s been compared to an Olympian.

Many thought of Radcliffe’s Potter when Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann won double gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

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Caitlyn Jenner: Olympic decathlon title one half of ‘ultimate double’

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Caitlyn Jenner says she has ultimate double — winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and 2015 Glamour “Woman of the Year.”

Jenner sat down with Seth Meyers for an interview during a media tour for her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which was released Wednesday.

She briefly mentioned her Olympic experience, winning the Montreal 1976 decathlon.

Jenner related it to her current work within the transgender community, one that she said is marginalized and misunderstood with high murder and suicide rates.

“What I’m doing today is mort important than winning the Games more than 40 years ago,” Jenner said.

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Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

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