Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

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With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Mentally and physically hurt - but Farah can recover

13 April 2014
Mo Farah

So, after four years of coming out on top in every test he has been set, Mo Farah finally struggled for answers.

The surprise is that anyone should be all that surprised. Farah's 2 hours 8 minutes 21 seconds on his London Marathon debut on this sunny Sunday morning may have seen him finish down in eighth place, not just among the elite also-rans but more than a minute off Steve Jones's 29-year-old British record and almost four minutes off winner Wilson Kipsang.

Read full article, London Marathon 2014: Mo Farah powerless to match the hype

Why London Marathon will be Farah's toughest test

10 April 2014

There is a standard protocol now when watching Mo Farah in big races: let him pick his way through the early skirmishes, wait for him to seize the lead just before the bell and then roar him home as the world's best distance runners flap and flutter in his slipstream.

Six times in the last two and a half years Farah has won gold in that fashion, from Korea to Moscow and, most memorably of all, in Stratford's Olympic Stadium. Which will make it all the more unsettling for some to learn that, on his return to the capital for Sunday's London Marathon, he will be running as a novice.

Read full article, Mo Farah: From Olympic & world champion to marathon novice?

The genius of Brian O'Driscoll

13 March 2014

And so the career of Brian O'Driscoll comes full circle. On Saturday evening he will bow out of international rugby on the same corner of a foreign field where he first alerted the world of what was to follow. It started in Paris, and it will end in Paris.

There have been plenty of miracles in those 14 years - magic passes spun from those conjuror's fingers; side-stepping, slashing bursts through bewildered opponents; impossible off-loads to jemmy open locked defences and steal a game away.

Read full article, Brian O'Driscoll: 'More great games than any other player'

Stylish England rewarded for ambition and verve

9 March 2014

It should be hard to make much sense of anything on an early March day when London is warmer than Ibiza, where anthropomorphic daffodils swill lager and there are enough men dressed as crusaders to lay siege to Jerusalem, let alone sing it.

But after England's buccaneering, liberated 29-18 win over Wales at a raucous Twickenham on Sunday, there was an unmistakeable sense of two teams going in two markedly different directions.

Read full article, Six Nations 2014: England improving while Wales flounder

Fast-improving England can hit heights

22 February 2014

An hour and a half before this knee-knocker of a comeback triumph over Ireland, England's players had jumped off the team bus early and walked the remaining 500 yards through a surprised and already happily half-cut home support.

Had they tried the same on the way out their feet would barely have touched the ground. This was the sort of breathless, beautiful contest that breeds hyperbole. But so thrilled was the often politely reserved Twickenham crowd with what they had witnessed that coming forth to carry them home was the very least they would have offered.

Read full article, Six Nations 2014: Improving England can hit greater heights

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