In the course of a few hapless days, Deley repeatedly stumbled over the names of star athletes (“the Honourable Leo Usain Bolt”) and his trackside commentators. He called Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee “the fastest man on no legs.” He invented events (“the men’s 100-metre hurdles”), forgot commercial breaks, missed links, paused for long moments to consult his script, corrected himself endlessly, asked his studio guest – the four-times Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter, Michael Johnson – whether he was a pole vaulter, and concluded one broadcast with the memorable sign-off: “So we have a gloriously sunny day here in the studio. We’ve seen some action this morning as well. Jessica Ennis. Good night.”
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