Commonwealth Games 2022: what is athletics schedule today - and who is commentating from Birmingham track

Scotland medal hopeful Laura Muir is set to take on her favoured 1,500m distance in Birmingham today - who will be commentating on the race?

The Commonwealth Games 2022 has reached its final weekend, with the action from Birminghamset to conclude on Monday (8 August).

England appears to be losing ground on Australia at thetop of the medals table, having secured 10 fewer gold medals.

One of the focal points of the competition has been the athletics at the newly revamped Alexander Stadium, with several key finals due to take place during Sunday’s schedule - including races featuring Laura Muir and Eilish McColgan.

But who are the trackside commentary team?

Who is commentating on the athletics at the Commonwealth Games 2022? (image: Getty Images)

What is the Commonwealth Games 2022 athletics schedule?

On Sunday, the last day of track and field action is set to include several key events for the home nations’ medal hopefuls.

In the morning session (10am to 1pm), the women’s and men’s 4x100m relays will take place with England teams set to compete in both finals.

England’s Matthew Hudson-Smith will also vie with Olympic champion Steven Gardiner in the men’s 400m, while Victoria Ohuruogu will be going for gold in the women’s event.

The Commonwealth Games 2022 ends on Monday (image: AFP/Getty Images)

In the evening session (7pm to 9.30pm), the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays take place.

Scotland’s Eilish McColgan, who took victory in the 10,000m race, will be hoping to add to her medals tally in the 5,000m finals.

The main draw for the evening is likely to be Laura Muir, as the Scot takes on her favoured 1,500m distance - an event she won a silver medal for at the Tokyo Olympics.

In the field events, Lorraine Ugen, Jazmin Sawyers and Abigail Irozuru are all English medal hopes in the women's long jump.

Other events taking place include:

Women

  • 100m hurdles
  • 400m
  • javelin

Men

  • triple jump
  • 10km race walk
  • javelin
  • 800m

Who is commentating for athletics?

Meanwhile, in the commentary box, the well-known Scottish tones of Andrew Cotter, 49, can be heard describing the on-track action.

Cotter fronts up the BBC’s TV audio coverage of athletics, as well as rugby, golf, tennis and the boat race.

These are the pundits and summarisers who sit in with Logan and Cotter:

Michael Johnson

An athletics legend, Michael Johnson, 54, is famous for being one of the most decorated track athletes of all time and a former world record holder in the 200m and 400m.

The American won four Olympic golds and eight World Championship golds in the 1990s.

His 19.32-second 200m world record from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics stood until the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Usain Bolt recorded a time of 19.30 seconds.

Michael Johnson is an athletics legend (image: Getty Images)

It has since been surpassed again by Bolt (19.19s), Yohan Blake (19.26s) and Noah Lyles (19.31s).

He joined the BBC athletics team as a pundit in 2001 and has appeared at every major event since.

In 2018, Johnson had a stroke which affected his left side - an issue he says he has since fully recovered from.

Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis, 49, is one of the few Brummies to be reporting on the action in Birmingham.

The retired heptathlete had a decorated career that included a gold at the 200 Sydney Olympics, a bronze at the 1996 event and two Commonwealth golds.

Since retiring in 2004, she has worked as a pundit for the BBC.

Denise Lewis featured in the Commonwealth Games 2022 opening ceremony (image: Getty Images)

Away from the track, she was the runner-up in the 2004 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Lewis has since gone on to present several non-sport TV programmes for the BBC, including the One Show.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Denise Lewis’s successor in the Heptathlon, Dame Jessica-Ennis Hill, 36, is a three-time world champion, and won an Olympic gold at London 2012.

The Sheffield-born star’s third world title came just a year after she’d given birth to her son Reggie.

Since retiring in 2016, Ennis-Hill has given athletics punditry on the BBC and has also launched two apps specialising in women’s health.

Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson, 55, is a retired hurdler who won an Olympic silver in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 Olympics, as well as two World Championship and Commonwealth golds in the event.

After retiring in 2003, the Welshman went on to become a coach to the swimmer Mark Foster and several hurdling prospects.

Colin Jackson is now a media personality having retired from the hurdles (image: Getty Images)

Alongside being a long-serving BBC athletics pundit, Jackson has also forged a successful TV career with the broadcaster.

He came second in the 2005 series of Strictly Come Dancing and third in the 2021 series of Dancing on Ice.

Jackson is frequently seen fronting non-sport shows.

Steve Cram

Yet another athletics legend on the glittering BBC roster, Steve Cram, 61, was famous for his rivalry with fellow British middle-distance runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.

He won a 1,500m Olympic silver at the Los Angeles games in 1984, world championship gold in 1983 and three Commonwealth golds - two in the 1,500m and one in the 800m.

As well as commentating on the athletics, Cram has also been the main commentator for the curling at the Winter Olympics.

Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson, 53, is one of Team GB’s most successful para athletes, having won 11 Paralympics golds across the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m wheelchair events between 1992 and 2004.

She also won the London Marathon six times during this period.

Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Team GB’s most decorated para athletes (image: Getty Images)

The Welsh legend now balances her punditry career with a political one.

Baroness Grey-Thompson has sat in the House of Lords since 2010 where she is a crossbench peer.

Steve Backley

The former javelin thrower, 53, specialises in covering the field events at the Alexander Stadium.

The British (and former world) record holder, with a throw of 91.46m in 1992 won a bronze and two silvers at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

He also has four Commonwealth golds from between 1990 and 2002.

After retiring in 2004, he took up commentary and also appeared on ITV show Dancing on Ice in 2008.

Paula Radcliffe

A British long-distance great, Paula Radcliffe, 48, is one of the most decorated long-distance runners of all time, having won three London and New York marathons.

She also held the world record for 16 years after posting a time of 2:15:25 at the 2003 London Marathon.

Radcliffe was never able to carry her form into the Olympics, but won a World Championship gold in 2005.

The marathon runner also scored a worlds silver in the 10,000m at the 1999 competition, and won a Commonwealth gold in the 5,000m in 2002.

She retired in 2015 and has since become a pundit.