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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Raelene Boyle won't be commentating on the telly - Melinda Gainsford gets the gig!

Raelene Boyle won't be commentating on the telly - Melinda Gainsford gets the gig!

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Raelene Boyle snubbed for London Games commentator role

Luke Dennehy
From: Sunday Herald Sun
July 01, 2012

Raelene Boyle has been snubbed by the major networks covering the London Games. News Limited

AUSSIE sprinting great Raelene Boyle will miss only her third Olympics since 1968 after being snubbed for London.

Boyle, who has been a regular commentator at most of the recent Olympics, has not been given the chance to commentate on athletics by the major networks covering the Games.

"I'm not going this time," she said.

"I've not received an offer of a job.

"Just a few little things came about and I thought, I'd just ... watch it instead."

Boyle was part of the most famous Olympic athletics call in history with Bruce McAvaney: Cathy Freeman's Olympic final in Sydney 2000.

Her comment at the end, "What a relief", was played around the world.

Former Olympic sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor has got the athletics gig for Channel 9 at the Games.

Fellow Olympic greats Susie O'Neill, Dawn Fraser and Kathy Watt will also be in London.

O'Neill will cover swimming for Foxtel.

"I think it will have a real buzz about it like Sydney," O'Neill said.

Fraser will take her eight-year-old grandson Jackson to the Games, while 1992 road cycling champion Watt will work as a photographer at the Olympics.

"Let's Go While We're Young"


No Raelene at the Olympics. I think I speak for all aths fans.

Gainsford sooooooo much betta!


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Thank goodness.

I don't mind her often polarising opinions, but she was not great at translating her knowledge of the sport in to entertaining and informative commentary, and far too frequently made blatantly incorrect assertions particularly with regards to event-specific rules. It's not hard to have a copy of the current IAAF rule book in front of you for quick perusal.


Agreed, she gets fixated on some aspect and talks non stop about it. Melinda will be good I think.

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