Legendary BBC commentator Brendan Foster has announced he will retire from his commentary duties after the 2017 World Championships ending a 37-year career with the BBC

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The 69-year-old had a hugely successful career as a long-distance runner where he won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics, and gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and European Championship

LEGENDARY commentator Brendan Foster has announced he will retire from his BBC duties after this summer’s World Championships.

It marks the end of a 37-year career, after he started working in 1980, where he has covered live at nine Olympic Games, and every Commonwealth Games since 1982 and every World Championships since its conception.

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Brendan Foster will step down his broadcasting duties after working for the BBC since 1980

The 69-year-old has also been an ever-present member of the commentary team for the London Marathon, and had a successful career as a long-distance runner.


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He won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics in the 10,000m, and took home the gold medal in the same event at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, and won the gold in the 5,000m in the 1974 European Championships.

Foster said of his retirement: “I have loved every minute of my time working for BBC Sport. It has genuinely been a privilege and I am very lucky to have done what I have done since my competitive career finished.

Brendan Foster reacts after winning the gold medal in the 10,000m at the 1978 Commonwealth Games

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Brendan Foster reacts after winning the gold medal in the 10,000m at the 1978 Commonwealth Games


“My very first commentary was shortly after the 1980 Olympics at a cross-country event at Gateshead and that’s when I started to work with the greatest sports broadcaster of all time David Coleman.

“David was just so professional and diligent and he taught me so much – from what to say and how to say it – and he also taught me that if you want to be a good commentator or analyst, you have to be prepared and do your research and work hard.

“After David retired, Steve Cram took over and working with ‘Crammy’ for almost 20 years has been so special too. It may be because of our North-East roots we developed a chemistry on air that worked so well.

The 69-year-old had a hugely successful long-distance career before he worked as a commentator for the BBC

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The 69-year-old had a hugely successful long-distance career before he worked as a commentator for the BBC

He has commentated at every major Athletics competition since he began his duties as a commentator

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He has commentated at every major Athletics competition since he began his duties as a commentator

“We have had so many special days, and those recently with Sir Mo Farah winning golds galore, particularly at the Olympic Games, are commentaries that stick out in the memory as we have witnessed true greatness. Mo’s achievements are unlikely to be beaten by any British athlete in history.

“I have commentated on some great races, run by some of the very best athletes of all time – Seb Coe, Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe, Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, David Rudisha and of course Mo. I have been lucky.

“It’s also been an honour to work with so many great people who have been a part of the BBC athletics team – both in front of and behind the camera. I’ve made many friends and had so many great experiences along the way and I will miss it very much.”

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