Alan Bell at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
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London 2012: Composure needed to fire gun that starts athletics race

Alan Bell has been selected as the Chief Starter of the 2012 Olympic Games.

As the man in charge of firing the gun that will start athletic races, Mr Bell told Radio 5 live's Tony Livesey what qualities were important to have in his line of work.

He also recalled difficulties of the job, such as disqualifying Usain Bolt during the World Championships in 2011.

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Tony Livesey broadcasts Monday to Thursday 2230 to 0100 on Radio 5 live.

  • 27 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK