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Former BBC sports broadcaster David Coleman has died aged 87 after a short illness.

He first appeared on air for the BBC in 1954, covering 11 Olympic Games from Rome in 1960 to Sydney 2000 and six football World Cups.

Coleman presented some of the BBC's leading sporting programmes, including Grandstand and Sportsnight, and was the host of Question of Sport for 18 years.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25476438

David Coleman R.I.P.

Tribute has to be paid the man who started Colemanballs, the man who they are named after, the one and only David Coleman. For nearly 50 years from 1954 he was a sports presenter and commentator for the BBC and during that time for most of us David Coleman meant sport. He had plenty to say - he covered eleven Olympics and seven World Cups - and sometimes what he said probably wasn't exactly what he thought...and so started Colemanballs. There are some who would prefer to call them Commentatorballs but credit is due - to the one and only David Coleman. Here are some of his more famous utterances....

"That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record."

"Don't tell those coming in the final result of that fantastic match, but let's just have another look at Italy's winning goal."

"He's 31 this year - last year he was 30."

"He just can't believe what's not happening to him."

"In a moment we hope to see the pole vault over the satellite."

"He is accelerating all the time. The last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before that in 62."

"For those of you watching who do not have television sets, live commentary is on Radio 2."

"The late start is due to the time."

"It's gold or nothing...and it's nothing. He comes away with the silver medal."

"There is Brendan Foster, by himself with 20,000 people."

"Forest have now lost six matches without winning."

"He's even smaller in real life than he is on the track."

"The front wheel crosses the finish line, closely followed by the back wheel."

"And here's Moses Kiptanui - the 19-year-old Kenyan who turned 20 a few weeks ago."

"This could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games next week."

"That's the fastest time ever run, but it's not as fast as the world record."

"If that had gone in, it would have been a goal."

"This evening is a very different evening from the morning we had this morning."

"He's seven seconds ahead and that's a good question."

"I think there is no doubt, she'll probably qualify for the final."

"I have the feeling she (Manuela Machado) is an athlete who likes to get away from the opposition."

"Nobody has ever won the title twice before. He (Roger Black) has already done that."

"He's got his hands on his knees and holds his head in despair."

"Both of the Villa scorers - Withe and Mortimer - were born in Liverpool as was the Villa manager Ron Saunders who was born in Birkenhead."
 

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Loved David Coleman, RIP.
 

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A proper sports presenter, he made me laugh on Question of Sport, he was a crease, you could tell he was really enjoying it. Plus being a PE reader for some 25 years i've had his few gaffs to read too.
 

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No sports lover here but he transcended the genre. Not a bad innings (to use a sports metaphor).

RIP David.
 

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R.I.P David....you'll not see his like again
 

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