Wednesday 27 July 2022


Guest post by Arthur T

The BBC’s coverage of the World Athletics Championships 2022 finished on Monday 25th July. The problem has been that coverage was a day old throughout (perhaps BBC Sport hadn’t paid for live coverage) - we heard of medal successes in the news bulletins hours beforehand - quite bizarre as in the next day’s programmes the pundits breathlessly enthused, apparently in advance of each event, over the chances of their favoured few in a programme that was clearly recorded - but acted out as ‘live’ - pretending to build up the drama of a live event.

Here is the Radio Times trailer: 'World Athletics Championships presenters on BBC: Meet the pundits and commentators. Your complete guide to the presenters, experts and commentators guiding you through the World Athletics Championships live on BBC this summer. Who is presenting World Athletics Championships coverage on TV? Jeanette Kwakye – Team GB Olympic sprinter.’ Other presenters were (in RT order) Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Steve Cram, Steve Backley and Paula Radcliffe.

The only GB gold medal was won by a Scot, Jake Wightman (born in Nottingham), who hadn’t featured very much in the build-up - this, in the 1500m - an event made famous in the past by Coe, Ovett and Cram, and in which Team GB have an outstanding record. Wightman beat Norwegian Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigsten into second place.

The only Team GB silver medal was won by Keely Hodgkinson in the 800m. The other five medals won by Team GB were bronze. The information is available from BBC Newsround:

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