Live BBC Coverage Of World Athletics Championships 2009

BBC Sport provides extensive, live coverage of this year’s largest international sporting event – the World Athletics Championships from Berlin, Germany – across TV, radio and online.

Coverage features on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 Live from Saturday 15 August to Sunday 23 August.

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt starts as red-hot favourite, with his showdown against reigning World 100m and 200m champion Tyson Gay set to light up Berlin on the first weekend (BBC Two, Saturday 15 August: 10.00am-12.30pm, men’s 100m heats; 4.45-8.45pm, men’s 100m quarter-finals; Sunday 16 August, 5.00-9.00pm, men’s 100m finals).

For Britain, Jessica Ennis also goes for gold in the women’s heptathlon over the opening weekend, while defending 400m champion and Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu hopes to beat her arch-rival, Sanya Richards of the USA, as she did gloriously in Beijing last year (BBC Two, Saturday 15 August, 10.00am-12.30pm, women’s 400m heats; Sunday 16 August, 5.00-9.00pm, women’s 400m semi-finals).

Presenters Hazel Irvine, John Inverdale and Jonathan Edwards are joined by a BBC team of expert commentators and analysts including: former multiple Olympic 200m and 400m champion and current 400m world record holder, Michael Johnson; former Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis; and double 110m hurdles World champion and 60m hurdles world record holder, Colin Jackson.

Describing the action from Berlin is a team of expert commentators including Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards, Paul Dickenson, Steve Backley and Brendan Foster. In addition, Phil Jones will be on hand to carry out interviews with all of the big names.

Approximately 50 hours of TV coverage is planned across BBC Two, BBC HD and BBC Red Button.

The extensive BBC Two coverage will keep viewers bang up to date with all the latest live action as well as previewing all the key events and big stories coming up.

The service on BBC Red Button complements the main TV programming: there are looped repeats of BBC Two’s live coverage and a daily 20 to 30-minute highlights programme in which viewers can catch up on all the very best action, from both the morning and evening sessions [see Notes to Editors].

Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra also have extensive coverage, starting with a special 5 Live Sport Track And Field previewing the Championships with John Inverdale (Thursday 13 August, 9.00pm).

There will be commentary on the opening day’s action in 5 Live Sport (Saturday 15 August), with coverage every evening in 5 Live Sport throughout the Championships, as well as early-evening coverage on Sports Extra from 5.00pm on 17, 18 and 19 August.

John Inverdale will present live from Berlin alongside 5 Live athletics correspondent Mike Costello, Allison Curbishley and Sonja McLaughlan, with expert opinion from former javelin world record holder Steve Backley and Olympic Gold medal sprinter Darren Campbell.

The BBC Sport website will feature between five and eight hours of live video coverage every day, as well as extensive on-demand daily highlights (UK only).

The video will be accompanied by a daily live text commentary, featuring blow-by-blow updates from the text commentator, texts from readers and updates from journalists at the stadium in Berlin.

Blogger Tom Fordyce will be at the stadium each day, blogging and sending updates via Twitter and photos via Flickr.

And there will be analysis from top BBC pundits such as Steve Cram, Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Darren Campbell, as well as 5 Live athletics reporter Sonja McLaughlan.

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