Commentator can’t resist quip at Commonwealth Games runner’s super tight shorts

An Australian commentator at the Commonwealth Games couldn't resist making a quip about his colleague's "tight" shorts.

Aussie broadcast legend Bruce McAvaney, 69, made reference to the attire of his fellow countryman and former sprinter Matt Shirvington, who he is working alongside for channel Seven at the Games.

Ahead of the men's 200m semi-finals at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, the studio-based Shirvington said: "Let’s go back to Bruce. It’s the men’s 200m and I’m jealous. There’s a nice little tailwind for them."

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McAvaney responded: "You would like to put the shorts back on, wouldn’t you. And they were tight."

The out-of-nowhere comment prompted laughter from fellow athletics commentator Tamsyn Manou. Shirvington is one of Australia's track and field greats – but his outfit at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia had him in the headlines for a different reason.

He sported a lycra singlet which left little to the imagination down under (if you'll pardon the pun). Speaking 20 years later in 2018, he said the moment has stuck with him ever since.

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"It doesn't leave me really. Some would call it a curse, others would say it is the greatest moment in my career," Shirvington told The Courier Mail.

"I have spent a long time trying to forget all of that but I must admit, it does come up from time to time. Still my best mates favourite line when we are out and someone brings it up is, ''just remember, the camera puts on 10 pounds'."

Shirvington has transitioned into a media career post-retirement and is covering his first Commonwealth Games. Contrastingly, this is McAvaney's fifth, having also covered 11 Olympics.


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