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IAAF and athletics

Rob has been one of the IAAF's athletics commentators since 2007, covering:

  • the Osaka and Berlin World Athletics Championships
  • the World Indoors Championships (Doha)
  • the World Cross Country Championships(Mombasa and Punta Umbria, Spain)
  • the World Half Marathon Championships (Nanning) over the last five seasons

In October 2010, Rob's work with IAAF led to SIS LIVE inviting him to join their world feed team for the athletics at the Commonwealth Games. He worked alongside Stuart Storey, John Rawling and Peter Matthews.

Rob Walker commentating; © Laura Watts

Another IAAF appointment, as elite race commentator on their Road Running television magazine show, followed in January 2008. The programme runs 50 weeks a year and is seen in more than 40 countries worldwide. So far, Rob has commentated on marathons, half marathons and 10km road races ranging from Puerto Rico to Japan, and from the USA and China to all over Europe.

From September 2008, Rob moved into the IAAF's live TV team, providing commentary for their world feed at the 2008 and 2009 World Athletics Final in Stuttgart and Thessaloniki.

In August 2009, Rob was part of the TV team for the 12th World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

BBC commentary

Rob's enthusiasm behind the microphone led to him joining the BBC Sport live commentary team in Vancouver to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics. Rob commentated on cross country skiing, biathlon, Nordic combined and long track speed skating in more than 25 hours of live airtime during the games. As his commentary doubled up as the world feed, his energetic style drew viewers and emails from India, New Zealand, South America and Australia, where the national press commented on his infectious approach to the sports.

After 3 years as the on-course interviewer at the London Marathon, Rob joined the BBC's commentary team for the event in February 2011.

Channel 4

Rob has been doing post-dub commentary highlights for Channel 4 since 2007, covering their Triathlon series, Adrenalin Rush and the Rat Race series.

After securing the rights to the 2012 Paralympics, Channel 4 have also been using Rob as their commentator for programming including the IPC Paralympic World Championships in Christchurch and the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

ITV Regions

Rob started as a commentator for ITV Regions in November 2000. He covered Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Yeovil for a Sunday lunchtime highlights show called Hit The Net.