Sometimes, even if you work for the BBC, it’s OK to be biased.
As Usain Bolt lined up alongside two-time drugs cheat Justin Gatlin in the World Athletics Championships 100m final, nobody expected this so-called race for the soul of athletics to have a happy ending.
So when Bolt did hold off his American rival to win the gold medal – by a mere one hundredth of a second – who could blame commentator Brendan Foster for celebrating… like this?
This is what it means to Bren! pic.twitter.com/RxswrWppmi
— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) August 23, 2015
This wasn’t just a late bid to be named in the Strictly Come Dancing line-up. This was the boogie of a man who has covered every major athletics event since 1983 and won an Olympic medal himself in 1976 – ‘Bren’ knows when a victory means more than just another medal.
The mood was catching. This was the scene from the 5 Live commentary position, with former 400m runner Allison Curbishley smacking sprinter Darren Campbell on the arm when she realised that Bolt might just do it.
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) August 23, 2015
Meanwhile, on TV, commentator Steve Cram found just the rights words: “Bolt has saved his title! He’s saved his reputation! He may have even saved his sport!”
BBC bias? It’s all in the name of good clean fun.