Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

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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.

Justin Gatlin

Is Gatlin's gain bad for athletics?

Read full article on Justin Gatlin: Why US sprinter's success is bad for athletics

Twice banned for doping, distrusted by fellow athletes, trained in the past by a notorious doping coach and now by another man once banned for drugs.

Justin Gatlin was supposed to represent the bad old days of athletics. Instead, at an age when most sprinters are slowing down and slacking off, he is closing 2014 as its superstar present: unbeaten all year, owner of six of the seven fastest 100m this season, nominated this month as one of the IAAF's male athletes of the year.

No drama about The Gimme In The Glen

Read full article on Ryder Cup 2014: Little drama but plenty of romance at Gleneagles

After the miracles and the 17th green shootouts, and all the gut-wobbling drama that is usually the staple of a Ryder Cup crescendo, it all ended uncharacteristically easily.

This was the Gimme In The Glen: Keegan Bradley conceding Jamie Donaldson's putt halfway down the 15th fairway to confirm the point that Europe needed, with almost half the matches still out on the course and almost half the course trying to get to that match.

Can the US give Watson his Medinah moment?

Read full article on Ryder Cup: Tom Watson faces up to his biggest challenge yet

Watching cigar-smoking European vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez hug the victorious pairing of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia on Saturday night like a mob family don welcoming home his favourite hitmen, you might assume that the town is already theirs.

With Europe leading 10-6 going into Sunday's singles, the temptation is to write history early: the Glory of Gleneagles, the Pummelling in Perthshire.

Fire still rages in steely Watson

Read full article on Ryder Cup: Fire still rages in steely USA captain Tom Watson

Tom Watson wants a happy ending, and it doesn't make much sense.

It makes sense that America want the Ryder Cup back, after seven defeats in the last nine contests. It makes sense that the PGA Tour would want him back in charge; after all, he was the last US captain to win on European soil, 21 years ago at the Belfry.

Does Para-sport need Pistorius?

Read full article on Oscar Pistorius: How Para-sport will recover from athlete's absence

The trial of Oscar Pistorius began as the tale of a Paralympic and Olympic hero caught up in personal tragedy. By the end its connection to sport had ceased to matter.

This was still about the disintegration of an international icon. It was even more about the violent death of a young woman and the grief of her family.

'It was difficult. They want to believe their dad is perfect'

Read full article on Dwain Chambers: Longevity, stress, doping & Euros 100m final

Sixteen years, to a man who runs for 10 seconds, should feel an awfully long time.

Enough has happened to Dwain Chambers since his first European Championships, back in Budapest in 1998, to fill several lives over. And yet some things are just as they always were.

Big names, full stadiums and rattled eardrums

Read full article on The Commonwealth Games - special because they're unique

What started under perfect blue skies ended, more appropriately for a city nicknamed Rain Town, with torrential storms.

The 11 Glaswegian days in between were similarly in character - sometimes noisy, sometimes controversial, but seldom dull.

Meet Judd and Williams - the next generation

Read full article on Glasgow 2014: Meet Judd and Williams, the next generation

While Usain Bolt's arrival in Glasgow proved the incomparable draw of established superstars, Commonwealth Games have always been as much about the next generation as the present.

It is where young talent that will one day dominate first serves notice of what is to come: Daley Thompson winning decathlon gold in Edmonton in 1978 at 20; Denise Lewis, at 21, taking her first major international title in Victoria in 1994; Colin Jackson, also 21, winning sprint hurdle silver in Edinburgh, two years before doing the same at the 1988 Olympics.