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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.

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Recent articles by Mike

Farah rises to Birmingham Diamond League challenge as other champions fall

By Mike Rowbottom

farahtopbrumJune 30 - Mo Farah bucked the trend in the Sainsbury's Grand Prix at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium - the latest event in this year's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League - as he upheld his position as favourite to win the 5,000 metres ahead of two of his main rivals for that title at this summer's World Championships in Moscow.

Kebede's perfect timing earns him second Virgin London Marathon title as Farah learns "biggest lesson"

By Mike Rowbottom at the Tower Hotel in London

kebedewinsApril 21 - Ethiopia's marathon reputation, which sank to a low point when all three male entrants at the London 2012 Olympics dropped out, was dramatically restored here as Tsegaye Kebede passed Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai in the last half-mile to win the 2013 Virgin London Marathon in 2 hours 6 minutes 4 seconds, with teammates Ayele Abshero and Feyisa Lilesa third and fourth respectively in 2:06:57 and 2:07:46.