‘He was a huge influence’ – Steve Cram pays tribute to David Coleman

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OLYMPIC hero Steve Cram has paid tribute to legendary sports broadcaster David Coleman who has died.

The 87-year-old died on Saturday after a short illness.

Sports personalities have paid their respects to Coleman, who provided the commentary for hundreds of classic sporting moments.

SAFC fan Cram, a chancellor at Sunderland University, said the former BBC man had a huge influence on his career.

The former 1,500m world record holder said: “When I first came into the British team as a youngster, I would watch my races and I could tell from his commentaries that he knew what he was talking about.

“When I met him at major championships, such as the Olympics in Moscow in 1980, he would say things that turned out to be incredibly helpful, such as advice on travel and how to deal with the media.

“He had a reputation within broadcasting for being tough and demanding, but I always found him an incredibly generous bloke. Broadcasting, like athletics, is in a sense about performance and he wanted to produce the best he could.

“He used to always tell me that I should endeavour to work with the best to get the best results.”