Allan Wells makes 'white guy' remark on BBC after 100m final

Aug 6, 2012

Olympic diary: 'Awkward' moment on BBC sofa and fury as NBC fails to show 100m final live

There was an awkward moment during the BBC's Olympic highlights show on Sunday night when British 1980 champion Allan Wells wandered into dangerous territory by recalling that he was the "last white guy" to win the Olympic title. American Michael Johnson, sitting next to Wells, did not seem unduly concerned by the remark but it caused a storm on Twitter, and Allan Wells became a trending topic, with most people cringing at his comments.

NBC's coverage of the Games has provoked plenty of criticism in America, but their decision not to show the biggest race of all on live TV has provoked outrage, says the Daily Mail. The men's 100m final took place at just before 5pm in New York and 2pm in LA, but the US broadcaster did not show Usain Bolt's stunning victory until prime time. The network did stream the race live on the internet, but many users reported problems with buffering during the showdown.

The Royal Mail has promised to paint a postbox in Cheshunt gold after getting confused about the home town of cyclist Laura Trott. The firm, which has pledged to put a golden postbox in the hometown of every British gold medalist, thought that Trott hailed from Harlow as it says on the Team GB website. But the women's team sprint champion actually hails from Cheshunt, and used Twitter to tell the Royal Mail. It has promised to make amends, although it claimed to be running low on gold paint thanks to Team GB's success.

There was tumult in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night as Mo Farah triumphed in the 10,000m final, and just like everyone else the BBC commentary team got caught up in the moment as the Londoner took gold. Footage of Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson and Denise Lewis going barmy in the studio as Farah crossed the finish line has been released by the BBC, and has gone viral. More than 17m people tuned in to watch the race.

Can the British gold rush continue? Gymnast Beth Tweddle could add to the nation's tally as she goes for glory in the uneven bars final from 2.50pm today. Later Jason Kenny goes for gold in the men's sprint finals at the velodrome from 5.40pm and Dai Greene, who only just scraped into the 400m hurdles final, will hope he can pull something out of the bag at 8.45pm. The British show-jumping and women's hockey teams are also in action.

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