TORONTO — While Toronto's Ben Johnson was lightning fast at the World Track and Field Championships Sunday, Canadian Broadcasting Co. television was slow out of the blocks showing his world-record performance in the 100 meters at Rome.
The CBC had built up the 100 meters final throughout its same-day television coverage, but the screen went blank when it came time to show the race because of a technical problem.
Service was interrupted about a second before the starting gun was fired. While viewers listened to the description of the race, all they saw was a slide of the Colosseum in Rome.
"Can you believe of all times to go down," said Allan Shimmon, the chief technician on duty Sunday. "I don't know what happened."