As a hardcore athletics junkie, I satiate most of my track & field cravings through Youtube. Aside from the times when Eurosport Asia airs the Diamond League or a high-level European meet, I have to settle for clips uploaded on the popular video streaming site. Since athletics is a predominantly European sport, the broadcasters I encounter come from a hodgepodge of countries.
Amongst the myriad of languages, I prefer the French commentary over the rest (after the English feed, of course). In the countless times I’ve watched athletics clips online, the French almost always stand out for their unbridled passion and sheer excitement. The British and American pundits tend to be more restrained. The French seem more animated, at some point even shouting with much fervor (please watch the clips below).
Perhaps my preference for French stem from its exoticism to my English-reared ears. See and hear for yourself. Be the judge!
* For consistency, I chose the 2011 Daegu World Championships Men’s 100m dash final.
2.) English (British English):
*NOTE: I’ll be trying to find more versions of this race from various broadcasters, just to widen the choices.