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Byline: Kathryn Williams

ET'S face it a lot - it's okay, I'm not saying all of us - but, a LOT of people have tuned into the Rio Olympics during the past fortnight and I'll be frank, I've not watched a lot else.

LDespite a lot of the coverage being at an ungodly hour of the morning, much of the early evening events have dominated my planner - even Corrie has gone out the window.

But what I want to talk about here is the great coverage from the BBC once again. I'm glad they have the coverage because, frankly, no one else would do it quite as well.

Studio or velodrome as it might be, pundits like Chris Hoy have been an asset to the event - providing not only a unique insight to the track events in Brazil, but also getting the best out of the athletes in post-race interviews by lining up a series of well thought-out and valid questions, proving that a few bowls of bran flakes can work wonders.

Fellow Scot Hazel Irvine - who needs to be front and centre more often - is the same with a great knowledge of all sports and one of the best sport anchors on the BBC.

Of course, the coverage hasn't been without its critics, the channel-hopping has been a bug bear - to which I say 'get over it' - the transition from say BBC One to BBC Two has been instantaneous for the most part and, as in the last of the track events, knife-edge action even pushed back the News at Ten to one of its latest spots ever.

Inverdale's memory-lapse when it came to Venus and Serena's four golds each was a facepalm moment. The presenter's track record isn't positive when is comes to talking about women in sport, but Andy Murray returned with a brilliant ace - even though that's actually impossible in tennis terms.

And as for cyclist Chris Boardman's 'what's for tea moment' when Jason Kenny won the Keirin and displayed his famed calmness and unphased nature - which the silliness of the comment was meant to illustrate - as Britain's most successful female Olympian Laura Trott sobbed tears of joy came from a man who has supported and commentated on women's cycling as passionately as any man's event. And a man whose mother, Carol, had such a passion for the sport that she taught people to ride until well into her seventies.

But, let's bring it back to the joy of the Olympics - I will miss watching the BMX-ing through bleary eyes or waking up at 3am to news of another gold for Usain Bolt or even Dan Walker talking to a bride-to-be on the Copacabana.

Bring on the Paralympics!



<B Cycling's golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 20, 2016
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