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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

Recent articles by Mike


Bolt and Fraser-Pryce win World Athlete of the Year awards

By Mike Rowbottom at La Salles des Etoiles in Monte Carlo

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt have been named as the International Association of Athletics Federations' best female and male World Athletes of the Year for 2013 ©AFP/Getty ImagesNovember 16 - Usain Bolt's confirmation tonight as World Athlete of the Year for the fifth time was accompanied by his announcement of two new targets - to break his own 200 metres world record this season, and, perhaps, to run at the 2017 World Championships in London.





Cardiff awarded 2016 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships

By Mike Rowbottom at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo

Cardiff has been awarded the 2016 World Half-Marathon Championships by the International Association of Athletics Federations @Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half MarathonNovember 15 - Cardiff were officially confirmed here today as hosts of the 2016 World Half Marathon Championships – and organisers revealed getting Mo Farah to take part would be "top of the list" of their targets for the event, which is due to be held in March, a month before the London Marathon.







Exclusive: "I feel for Lance Armstrong" says Ben Johnson

By Mike Rowbottom

Ben Johnson, stripped of his Olympic 100 metres gold medal 25 years ago this week, has expressed his sympathy for disgraced cyclist Lance ArmstrongSeptember 22 - Ben Johnson, whose name has been a byword for doping in sport since his 1988 Olympic 100 metres title and world record were annulled following a positive test, has spoken out in sympathy with another hugely high profile doping offender, cyclist Lance Armstrong, whose seven Tour de France titles were ruled out following doping admissions.