Sports Letter: Right on, Mike

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The Independent Online
Sir: Congratulations for making the space to publish Mike Rowbottom's weekly column. His love and concern for the sport that he covers, really shine through.

The build-up to what was probably one of the best athletics meetings to be held in London was overshadowed by front page news stories centring on athletes who may, or may not, have cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs.

It took a specialist writer to get back to get back to the true essence of athletics. Rowbottom's essay, focusing on John Walker, one of the greatest and certainly the most prolific mile-specialists of our time, was genuinely moving. "If the sport means anything at all, that sense of endless physical and mental striving has to be at the heart of it." Spot on, Mike.

KEV WOOD

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