Peter Matthews

Peter Matthews has edited the International Athletics Annual from 1984. He has covered most major athletics events over the last 40 years, currently as a television commentator for Sky Sports and the IAAF, having previously contributed to coverage by BBC Radio 1975-85 and ITV 1985-96. He has also announced at major athletics meetings from 1968, including 1970 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, 1994 World Cup, 2003 World Indoor Championships and 2006 European Championships, and worked at seven Olympic Games as commentator or media manager and all outdoor World Championships. A long-time member of the ATFS and Chairman of the NUTS, he has compiled general sports books and is co- publisher with Mel Watman of Athletics International.

Athletics 2017

The cover photo of this year’s annual is of Wayde van Niekerk, the man who broke Michael Johnson’s 400m world record with a time of 43.03 seconds at the Rio Olympic Games when running in the outside lane. The 24-year-old South African was one of the favourites, having taken gold…

Athletics 2016

The cover photo of this year’s annual is of Jessica Ennis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion, who returned to the top of the podium at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. The 29-year-old from Sheffield decided to compete at the championships only a month beforehand. She had given birth to…

Athletics 2015

The cover photo of this year’s annual is of French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie who in 2014 did what many people thought was impossible, break the great Sergey Bubka’s world record. Not only that he had the nerve to better it in the great man’s hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine. He…

Athletics 2014

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with her victories in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay at the Moscow World Championships was undoubtedly the woman athlete of 2013. No other woman has ever achieved that treble. As such she is the obvious cover girl of the 2014 International Athletics Annual. The year before…

Athletics 2013

August 4 2012 became a golden night for British athletes as in the London Olympic stadium, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all won gold medals. But none of the trio grace the cover page of Athletics 2013. That honour goes to Kenyan David Rudisha. The book is the…

Athletics 2012

Mo Farah became the first British runner tp win a 5000 metres medal when he took gold in the World Championships in Daegu only days after he had won silver in the 10,000 metres. His feat earns him the front cover of Athletics 2012. Farah will be one of Britain's…

Athletics 2004

Athletics 2004 is the yearbook of the Association of Track & Field Statisticians and has been published every year since 1951 – a year after the organisation was founded.?Once again this book is essential reading for all enthusiasts of track and field. Peter Matthews is a television commentator for the…

Athletics 2011

Athletics 2011 will be released by SportsBooks from this site before it reaches other outlets. Make sure you get your copy early. Allyson Felix, the cover girl of Athletics 2011, focused on running more one lap races in 2010 and in winning the overall titles in the 200m and the…

Athletics 2010

Kenenisa Bekele graces the cover of Athletics 2010 after his unique 5000m/10,000m double at the World Championships in Berlin. While sprinter Usain Bolt, the cover man of 2009, filled up most of the column inches with his world records at 100m and 200m, Bekele’s double was as fine an athletics…

Athletics 2009

Could anyone else other than Usain Bolt be on the cover of Athletics 2009. The Jamaican superstar sprinter won the 100 and 200m at the Beijing Olympics in world record times and then took a third gold in the sprint relay. The sport of athletics had not seen his like…