New mother Anna Watkins will not defend Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016


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Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins has announced that she will not defend her double sculls title with Katherine Grainger in Rio  in 2016 after the birth of her son, although she has not ruled out making a comeback at Tokyo 2020.

Watkins and Grainger won all 23 of their races between 2010 and 2012, culminating in their triumph at London 2012. “Rowing has to take a back seat for a while while other life-changing events take precedence,” Watkins said.