Martin Gillingham

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Martin Gillingham (born 9 September 1963 in Leicester)[1] is an English sports commentator and journalist. He commentates on rugby union for various broadcasters including Sky Sports, BT Sport, ITV, SuperSport, and Setanta Ireland, and on athletics for Eurosport.

He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, later dropped out of Harvard University in the United States, before going to Carnegie College in Leeds.

In 1984, he won the AAA 400m hurdles title and was selected for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Three years later he competed in the same event at the IAAF World Championships in Rome. His best time was 49.82sec which he set in finishing third behind Edwin Moses and Kriss Akabusi in a Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace, London in July 1987. Fourth in the race was the subsequent 1988 Olympic champion Andre Phillips of the United States.

In 1992, he moved to South Africa to be the athletics and Olympics correspondent for the Johannesburg Sunday Times. He later became a talkshow host on radio station Capetalk in Cape Town.

In 2003, he returned to England after which he worked for five years on BBC Radio Five Live presenting sports bulletins and reporting on rugby matches. He is now heard as a rugby commentator on the Heineken Cup for Sky Sports and the Aviva Premiership on ITV. He was also a member of ITV's commentary team at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Martin is regarded as an expert on French rugby having worked for three seasons as lead commentator on ESPN's coverage of the Top 14 until they lost the rights at the end of the 2011/12 season. During the 2012/13 season his Top 14 commentary was heard on channels around the world including on Setanta Ireland, Premier Sports in the UK and SuperSport in Africa. The UK rights to French rugby moved to BT Sport on the channel's launch in the summer of 2013 and Martin now heads up their Top 14 coverage.

Martin currently lives in Wollaton with his wife, Linda, and children, Kirsty and Nicholas.

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  1. ^ "Martin Gillingham". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  • "Who's Who". atschool.eduweb. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 

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