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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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Hansen’s new Commissions approved by European Athletics Council as Bydgoszcz and Grosseto bids get nod

Hansen’s new Commissions approved by European Athletics Council as Bydgoszcz and Grosseto bids get nod

European Athletics’ new President Svein Arne Hansen has welcomed the Council’s approval of his plan to restructure the organisation’s Commissions – a key part of his election campaign – at the conclusion of its meeting in Oslo, where Hansen, meet director of the Bislett Games for 24 years, has also played a key part in the celebrations of the meeting’s  50th Anniversary.


Muir upstages Mutaz on Bislett’s 50th Anniversary night in the Diamond League

Muir upstages Mutaz on Bislett’s 50th Anniversary night in the Diamond League

On a special night that was supposed to belong to established names such as Mutaz Essa Barshim, Bohdan Bondarenko and Genzebe Dibaba, the 50th Anniversary running of the Bislett Games - watched by illustrious past performers such as John Walker, Ingrid Kristiansen, Roger Moens, Henry Rono, Sebastian Coe and Steve Cram - will be remembered instead for three unlikely victors in Britain’s 1500 metres runner Laura Muir, China’s high jumper Guowei Zhang and Israeli javelin thrower Marharyata Dorozhon.






Yego produces javelin highlight at Birmingham Diamond League after withdrawal of Farah

Yego produces javelin highlight at Birmingham Diamond League after withdrawal of Farah

A stupendous javelin throw of 91.39 metres from Kenya’s Julius Yego and a sub-10 second 100 metres from Britain’s Adam Gemili - albeit at the price of an injured hamstring - offered spectators at the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Diamond League meeting in Birmingham value for money, despite the morning’s withdrawal of “an emotionally and physically drained” Mo Farah.