World champion 400m hurdler Dai Greene invents the athlete vestcam and wants TV cameras in the call room.
One simple introduction the sport could do would be to improve TV camera access to athletes both before and during the race – very similar to how the sport of Formula One does it.
Rather than just placing static cameras directed on to the start and finishing line, I think with today’s technology, it would be possible to have a camera fitted into an athletes’ vest. Can you imagine having a camera inside the vest of an athlete who then suddenly burst through to open up a gap on the rest of the field? It would be really cool to see it from an athletes’ perspective.
It would be great to take the cameras into the call room before a race. I remember a couple of years ago the BBC did this ahead of a 400m hurdles race at Birmingham. The reporter was whispering, saying how tense the atmosphere was, and he spoke to Felix Sanchez, the two-time Olympic champion.
Felix said, ‘it is going to be great, get your popcorn ready this is going to be nuts.’ I just thought it was fantastic, and it really added something to the race. I thought, this is going to be epic, you could really feel the tension. I’m not saying that athletes should have a camera thrust in their face but I think most athletes would agree to a scheduled interview before a race.
Small innovations like this would help set the scene and go a long way towards building the atmosphere. I’m not saying that this would work at major championships but on the one-day circuit it would be a good addition.