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Mike Rowbottom Chief Feature Writer

Mike Rowbottom, one of Britain's most talented sportswriters, covered the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics as chief feature writer for insidethegames, having covered the previous five summer Games, and four winter Games, for The Independent. He has worked for the Daily Mail, The Times, The Observer, The Sunday Correspondent and The Guardian.

Mike Rowbottom

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Bosbaan Lake awaits world's best rowers in Amsterdam

By Mike Rowbottom

Rowing at the 2007 FISA World Cup race on the speedy Bosbaan Lake course in Amsterdam, which will host this week's FISA World Championships ©Getty ImagesThe 2014 World Rowing Championships on Amsterdam's Bosbaan Lake, which start tomorrow, have already made waves with the chairman of the Dutch Organising Committee opening the Stock Exchange in the Dutch capital earlier this week and large billboard posters on display along the city-centre roads.

Lavillenie's pole vault win-streak falls to earth

By Mike Rowbottom at the Olympiastadion in Stockholm 

World pole vault record holder Renaud Lavlllenie experiences a rare defeat in Stockholm ©AFP/Getty ImagesRenaud Lavillenie's unique winning run of 22 pole vault competitions came to an abrupt and unexpected end here in the 1912 Olympic Stadium tonight as he failed to record a mark at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting.



Britain top European medals table as Mekhissi-Benabbad makes good

By Mike Rowbottom at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbab, disqualified in the 3000m steeplechase, returns to win gold in the 1500m ©Getty ImagesFive golds on the final day of the European Athletics Championships here - from Mo Farah, taking his third consecutive 5.000 metres title, Greg Rutherford in the long jump, the men's and women's sprint relay teams and the men's 4x400m quartet - left Britain top of the table with 12 golds and a total of 23 medals, four more than their previous best in 2010.