Why is this?
In commentaries, the use of tenses is similar. The simple present is used for the
quicker actions and events (which are finished before the sentences that
describe them); the present progressive is used for longer actions and situations.
There are more simple and fewer progressive tenses in a football commentary,
for instance, than in a commentary on a boat race.
Smith passes to Devaney, Devaney to Barnes - and Harris intercepts . . .
Harris passes back to Simms, nice ball - and Simms shoots!
Oxford are pulling slightly ahead of Cambridge now; they're rowing with a
beautiful rhythm; Cambridge are looking a little disorganised . . ."
(reference: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan)
From the texts above, what other sports are considered to have slower actions like a boat race that we can use progressive tenses for commentaries? Swimming? Running?