To call international athletics’ latest meeting a bit of a shambles would sum it up just about right. Over the past week or so, the best in world athletics have gathered in Daegu, South Korea for the IAAF World Championships 2011. The event takes place every two years and sees the world’s best athletes compete over just under 50 different events. As with any athletic event, the men’s 100-metre sprint is the marquee event and the one that everyone is glued to. That was before this week in Daegu – or rather the lead up to the event.
In the lead up to the event both of Usain Bolt’s major rivals, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay, pulled out of the event injured and that left the gate open for Bolt to romp home. All until he false started in the final and was disqualified. It meant the fans were yearning, begging, demanding some entertainment. Newly unveiled as broadcaster of the championships in the UK, Channel 4 had just the idea.
Enter Ortis Deley. Anyone that recognized Ortis will have either seen him on Channel 5’s Gadget Show or CBBC in the younger days. We now know that Ortis is no good at presenting live athletics. Uncomfortable doesn’t cover it. He describes blade-runner Oscar Pistorius as the “fastest man on no legs” and it’s safe to say that it’s more David Brent than a polished performance from Gary Lineker. Most of those watching were probably just waiting for the facts to be read out to them by someone that knows what they’re doing. Instead they got the bumbling idiocy of Ortis. Saying that it was very funny and certainly gets a thumb up from where we’re standing.
So without any further ado’s, take it away Ortis…