David Coleman's cherished gaffes from over his career

Sports commentator David Coleman at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground in 1971. Credit: BBC/PA Wire

Broadcaster David Coleman has died at the age of 87. As well as being an instantly recognisable voice of sport, Coleman was also affectionately known for on-air gaffes, giving his name to Private Eye magazine's Colemanballs column of commentators' mistakes.

Here are a few of his famous sayings:

  • "He is one of the great unknown champions because very little is known about him."
  • "We estimate, and this isn't an estimation, that Greta Waltz is 80 seconds behind."
  • "That's the fastest time ever run, but it's not as fast as the world record."

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Sports broadcaster David Coleman dies aged 87

Former BBC sports broadcaster David Coleman has died at the age of 87 after a short illness, his family has confirmed.