Commonwealth Games 2022: who are the athletics commentators?

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Gabby Logan has anchored the coverage with contributions from Jessica Ennis-Hill, Denise Lewis and Michael Johnson – but who’s off-screen?

But who are the trackside commentators?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Who will comment on athletics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games? (Image: Getty Images)

What is the 2022 Commonwealth Games Athletics Schedule?

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On Saturday, on-track action will feature several key events for the home nations medal contenders.

In the morning session (10:00 – 13:15) Scotsman Jake Wightman will attempt to claim the 1,500m crown to complement his 2022 world title at the event.

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His teammate Josh Kerr will also be in the final.

England’s Emily Borthwick, Laura Zialor and Morgan Lake will compete in the women’s high jump – with Australian world champion Eleanor Patterson considered the favourite.

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games conclude on Monday (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The evening session (6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.) focuses on the men’s and women’s 200-meter finals.

Jamaica’s 100-meter champion – and one of the most successful sprinters in track and field history – Elaine Thompson-Herah is the favorite.

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Scotland’s Beth Dobbin is aiming for a shock win.

In the men’s 200m, Englishman Zharnel Hughes will fight for the honor.

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The women’s 800m final is also taking place, with England’s Keely Hodgkinson and Scotland’s Laura Muir battling for victory.

Other events are:

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  • F55-57 Shot Put
  • 10 km race march
  • hammer
  • 400m hurdles
  • hammer
  • 3,000 m obstacle course
  • pole vault
  • 5,000m
  • 400m hurdles

Who comments for Athletics?

Gabby Logan, 49, has been hosting the BBC’s coverage of the 2022 Commonwealth Games from Alexander Stadium.

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Meanwhile, Andrew Cotter, 49, is playing the well-known Scots sound in the commentary box, describing what is happening on the track.

Cotter directs the BBC’s TV audio coverage of athletics, as well as rugby, golf, tennis and boat racing.

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These are the experts and summaries sitting with Logan and Cotter:

A track and field legend, Michael Johnson, 54, is famous for being one of the most successful track and field athletes of all time and a former world record holder in the 200m and 400m.

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The American won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals in the 1990s.

His 200-meter world record of 19.32 seconds from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics held until the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Usain Bolt posted a time of 19.30 seconds.

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Michael Johnson is an athletics legend (Image: Getty Images)

It has since been surpassed again by Bolt (19.19s), Yohan Blake (19.26s) and Noah Lyles (19.31s).

He joined the BBC athletics team as a pundit in 2001 and has appeared at all the major events since.

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In 2018, Johnson had a stroke that affected his left side – a problem he has since fully recovered from.

Denise Lewis, 49, is one of the few brummies to cover the action in Birmingham.

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The retired heptathlete had a successful career that included gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, bronze at the 1996 event and two Commonwealth gold medals.

Since retiring in 2004, she has worked as a pundit for the BBC.

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Denise Lewis at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (Image: Getty Images)

Off the track, she finished second in the 2004 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Lewis has since presented several non-sports TV programs for the BBC including The One Show.

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Denise Lewis’ successor in the heptathlon, Dame Jessica-Ennis Hill, 36, is a three-time world champion and won Olympic gold in London in 2012.

The Sheffield-born star’s third world title came just a year after she gave birth to her son Reggie.

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Since retiring in 2016, Ennis-Hill has provided athletics expertise for the BBC and has also launched two apps specializing in women’s health.

Colin Jackson, 55, is a retired hurdler who won Olympic silver in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 Olympics, as well as two world championships and Commonwealth gold.

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After retiring in 2003, the Welshman became the coach of swimmer Mark Foster and several would-be hurdlers.

Colin Jackson is now a media personality who has retired from the hurdles (Picture: Getty Images)

As well as being a longtime BBC athletics pundit, Jackson has built a successful TV career with the station.

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He finished second in the Strictly Come Dancing 2005 series and third in the Dancing on Ice 2021 series.

Jackson is often seen fronting non-sports shows.

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Steve Cram, 61, is another track and field legend in the BBC’s glittering squad and is famous for his rivalry with British middle-distance runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.

He won 1984 Olympic silver in the 1500m at the Los Angeles Games, world champion gold in 1983 and three Commonwealth golds – two in the 1500m and one in the 800m.

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In addition to commentating on athletics, Cram was the lead commentator for curling at the Winter Olympics.

Tanni Grey-Thompson, 53, is one of Team GB’s most accomplished para-athletes, having won 11 Paralympic gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m wheelchairs between 1992 and 2004.

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During this time she also won the London Marathon six times.

Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Team GB’s most successful para athletes (Image: Getty Images)

The Welsh legend is now balancing her career as a pundit with a political one.

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Baroness Grey-Thompson has sat in the House of Lords since 2010, where she is a Crossbench Fellow.

The former javelin thrower, 53, specializes in reporting on field events at the Alexanderstadion.

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The British (and former world record holder) won bronze in 1992 with a throw of 91.46m and two silver medals at the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

He also has four Commonwealth Gold Medals between 1990 and 2002.

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After retiring in 2004 he started as a commentator and also appeared on the ITV show Dancing on Ice in 2008.

British long-distance legend Paula Radcliffe, 48, is one of the most successful long-distance runners of all time, having won three marathons in London and New York.

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She also held the world record for 16 years after clocking a time of 2:15:25 at the 2003 London Marathon.

Radcliffe was never able to carry her form to the Olympics but did win world championship gold in 2005.

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The marathoner also achieved world silver in the 10,000m in 1999 and won Commonwealth gold in the 5,000m in 2002.

She retired in 2015 and has been an expert ever since.

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