Who are BBC's athletics commentators at the Olympics? Meet Colin Jackson, Steve Cram, and more

Joshua Rogers July 30, 2021
Who are BBC's athletics commentators at the Olympics? Meet Colin Jackson, Steve Cram, and more
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After an exciting week of team gymnastics, swimming, and more, attention at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics turns to the track and field events. The BBC will be providing all the coverage, so let’s meet their team of athletics commentators.

BBC continues its Olympics coverage with athletics commentary

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are well and truly in full swing.

There’s already been drama in the swimming and gymnastics, to name just a few events, and now it’s the time for athletics.

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The BBC will once again have our backs, providing coverage of the track and field events starting on Friday 30 July.

There’s some familiar commentators and pundits, so let’s meet the team.

Who are BBC’s athletics commentators at the Olympics?

Presenter Gabby Logan will be leading the BBC’s line-up, which features a number of former Olympians.

Here’s all the BBC’s athletics commentators in Tokyo.

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Steve Backley

Steve Backley is arguably Britain’s greatest ever javelin thrower, winning multiple British, Olympic and World records.

He’ll be the BBC’s expert on all the field events in Tokyo, and is a familiar voice and face in broadcasting.

Backley has worked on every World, European, and Olympic Games since 2008.

Steve Cram

Steve Cram is the Beeb’s golden boy of athletics.

Cram made a name for himself alongside Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett in the 1980s, taking a silver medal at the 1984 Games.

The former middle-distance runner has been part of the BBC commentary team during every Summer Olympics since 2000.

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Andrew Cotter

Andrew Cotter is a Scottish broadcaster who has covered golf, rugby union, tennis, and athletics.

You may also recognise his voice from The Boat Race, or videos of him and his two dogs which went viral during lockdown.

Colin Jackson

The former world champion hurdler and sprinter has become a mainstay of the BBC’s athletics commentary team.

The Welshmen has commentated on both the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and has a wholly unique and excitable style of commentary.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe is the final part of the BBC’s athletics commentary team.

The three-time London Marathon winner will be covering all of the long distance running events.

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Who are the BBC’s other pundits you can expect you hear from?

The BBC’s main commentary team at the Olympics will be supplemented by other famous pundits.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Michael Johnson, Jeanette Kwakye, and Denise Lewis are all set for punditry roles.

They will be heard throughout the track and field events over the next week.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.