One Year To Go To Tokyo 2020


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.

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Lavillenie and Adams voted IAAF World Athletes of the Year

By Mike Rowbottom at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monte Carlo

Valerie Adams and Renaud Lavillenie pose with their IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards ©Getty ImagesRenaud Lavillenie had the perfect end to his "perfect year" here tonight as he received the Men's World Athlete of the Year award at the International Athletics Foundation Gala, with the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) Women's award going to New Zealand's shot putter Valerie Adams, unbeaten now in 56 consecutive competitions.