VIEW­ERS GET AN ATH­LET­ICS BO­NANZA

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AS a pre­lude to the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships, this week­end sees two ath­let­ics doc­u­men­taries, plus a mag­a­zine style pro­gramme fronted by Jes­sica En­nis-Hill on the BBC.

Shortly af­ter the Bren­dan Fos­ter doc­u­men­tary on Saturday lunchtime (see above) BBC2 will be show­ing

Jes­sica En­nis Hill and The Next

Gen­er­a­tion from 4.30-5pm.

The pro­gramme will see En­nisHill look­ing at the new stars of Bri­tish ath­let­ics, such as Olympic ham­mer bronze medal­list So­phie Hitchon, mid­dle-dis­tance run­ner Laura Muir, marathon man Josh Grif­fiths and sprint­ers Shan­non Hyl­ton and Netha­neel Mitchel­lBlake.

On Sun­day July 30, on BBC1 from 10.30-11.20pm there is a

doc­u­men­tary called The He­roes of Su­per Saturday: Jess, Mo and Greg,

where four-time Olympic cham­pion Michael John­son looks back at the Lon­don Games in 2012 and the for­tunes of En­nis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Ruther­ford.

Then, on Thurs­day Au­gust 3 at 7pm on BBC2 there will be a one­hour pre­view to the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships.

Gabby Lo­gan will be joined by Michael John­son, Colin Jack­son, Denise Lewis and Paula Rad­cliffe as they look ahead to the big event of the sum­mer.

As for the sub­se­quent World Cham­pi­onships cov­er­age it­self,

BBC Sport ath­let­ics ed­i­tor

Alas­tair McIntyre says: “Over the cham­pi­onships we will have com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of all the track and field ses­sions, marathons and walks on BBC1 and BBC2 – while cov­er­age will also be on the red but­ton, the BBC Sport web­site, BBC sport app and so­cial me­dia, as well as 5 Live.

“We will show around 65 hours of live track and field across BBC1 and BBC2 over the 10 days. The whole team – both in front of and be­hind the cam­era – is very ex­cited about this first World Cham­pi­onships to be held in the UK and we hope there’s some great mo­ments that will live long in the mem­ory.

“Gabby Lo­gan will be pre­sent­ing and she will be joined by our reg­u­lar team – which in­cludes lead com­men­tary from Steve

Cram, there’ll be anal­y­sis from Toni Minichiello plus we are de­lighted Michael John­son is back to give us his unique thoughts, in­sight, strong opin­ions and top-class anal­y­sis. We’ll also en­deav­our to in­tro­duce a few spe­cial guests into the cov­er­age over the cham­pi­onships.”

Gabby Lo­gan: will be an­chor­ing the BBC cov­er­age

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