Poor old Paula
Almost as heart-rending as Paula Radcliffe's breakdown in today's marathon (she must be a psychological mess after always being so close) was the tragedy which is American commentary. There was a complete absence of any knowledge, intelligence, foresight or interest in the drivel with which my ears were pummelled.
Particular classics included:
-As the leading four had just run up a fairly hard incline, but by no means the highest:
"Let's take a minute or two's silence now just to appreciate that hill."
"Yeah, Randy, let's just take it all in in peace."
[Cue minute's silence. And I mean a good minute. This wasn't just metaphorical]
"Now that we've paid our respects to that hill, that obstacle you can see that Noguchi is still in the lead".
-"Well, what you can see there is that a short person with long legs can take longer strides than a long person with short legs going downhill."
"Or, longer strides than a short person with short legs."
At points I longed for just one split breakdown of the times or differences between the runners. I'm staggered by the lack of analysis or engagement you get. It's just mere speculation!
I promise, I shall try to never complain about the BBC again....