The Anonymous Widower

Screaming at the Television

I tend to get emotional watching athletics on television.  Why I don’t know, but it is perhaps that at school it was the one sport I could do with any prowess.

I can remember being got out of bed by my father to watch Derek Ibbotson break the world record for the mile and Seb Coe breaking the 800 metres record in Oslo, but I never saw any of his or Steve Ovett’s wins in the Olympics as we were away both times. 

One race stands out in my mind and that was Bruce Tulloh‘s victory in the 5,000 metres in the European Championships in Belgrade in 1962. I think my parents must have been away, as I was alone in the house in Cockfosters.  I screamed and screamed the tiny Tulloh home.

Today, I was also alone as I wqtched Mo Farah win the 10,000 metres in another European Championships in Barcelona.   I screamed again and this time, he didn’t just win, but had another Briton, Chris Thompson in second.

I am really looking forward to the London Olympics.

After tonight, I feel a bit better!

July 27, 2010 - Posted by | Sport | ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] spot for Tulloh, who wasn’t the biggest and often ran barefoot. I’ll rerember seeing his victory in Belgrade that I watched on black and white television as long as I […]

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