Rowing: Redgrave ponders Olympic return

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Steven Redgrave yesterday revealed he is on the point of reversing his decision to retire from competition after the Olympic Games in Atlanta. And the 34-year-old from Marlow added he has already set his sights on the possibility of winning a record-breaking fifth successive gold in Sydney in 2000.

Redgrave's revelation came on a day when he was acclaimed champion of champions at a ceremony in London. He was honoured by Royal Mail, official sponsors of the British team, as the "Olympian who best embodies the Olympic spirit", while BBC Radio Five Live awarded him the listeners' choice prize for "best Olympic achievement".

Speaking on Radio Five Live yesterday, Redgrave said: "Rowing has been my life for 20 years and I still love it. I'm only 34, in Sydney I'll be 38. That wouldn't be too old. I think I'm capable, the only question is whether I'm capable of having the enthusiasm of doing the training for the next four years."