Paul Dickenson

Paul Dickenson
Personal information
Born (1949-12-04) 4 December 1949 (age 72)
North Shields, Northumberland

Derek Paul Dickenson (born 4 December 1949 in North Shields, Northumberland) is a retired male hammer thrower from England.

Athletics career

Dickenson represented the United Kingdom at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1976 (Montreal). His best Olympic result was finishing in 14th place at the 1976 Summer Olympics, throwing 68.52 metres. He represented England in the hammer throw event, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[1] Four years later he represented England in the hammer throw, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]

Personal life

A former schoolteacher, Dickenson worked in local government and the private sector before starting with BBC television. He has commentated on every Olympic Games Winter and Summer since 1992. Best known for his commentary work on athletics he has also worked on Basketball, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Canoe Slalom, Yachting, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge, Cross Country Skiing, Speed Skating and Ski Jumping.[citation needed]

Personal bests

Distance Mark Date
Hammer throw 73.20 m 1976
Discus throw 50.78 m 1980


  1. ^ "1978 Athletes". Team England.
  2. ^ "1982 Athletes". Team England.
  3. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.