Sport Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins win gold for the women's double sculls rowing event on day seven of the Olympics

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.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning kickstarted the Team GB gold rush at London 2012

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Tass cheme helped deliver 78 Olympic medals in 10 years

Compass shares rally as catering giant lands Silicon Valley contract

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Rowing: Helen Glover leads final charge at World Championships

Olympic champion Helen Glover and team-mate Polly Swann have eased into to the women's pair final at the World Championships at Chungju, South Korea.

Emirates Team New Zealand, had to pull out of the second race as the complex hydraulic control system failed when they were leading comfortably

Emirates Team New Zealand pulls out of Louis Vuitton Cup final race after technical failure

Complex hydraulic control system fails while they were leading comfortably

Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

Victors emerge from 336 starters in Fastnet Race

In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.

British bride found hanged in Gambia after African husband told her he is infertile

Simone Jabakhanji told family and friends she was fearful of Mohammed days before her death

After 150 years the truth: Scotland invented football

As Wembley prepares to host the Auld Enemy once again with a friendly for the FA's anniversary, it is time Patrick Barclay put the record straight

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, left, believes rowing may have already missed out

Rowing: We lack 2012 Olympic legacy, says gold medallist Helen Glover

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover has admitted rowing may have missed out on the chance to capitalise on success at London 2012.

Katherine Grainger

Matt Butler: So, what now...? The downside of Olympic achievement

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Members of the public punt along the river Cam in front of the colleges of Cambridge University

River rage and a hit-and-run punting incident

The world of punting sounds sedate but a recent hit-and-run has revealed dark currents beneath the surface

Polly Swann, left, and Helen Glover, right, won gold in the World Cup

Rowing: Glover and Swann take title No 3

Helen Glover and Polly Swann took gold at the World Cup in Lucerne on Sunday, their third title in 2013.

On the weekend that sees both the Wimbledon finals and the Henley Regatta, temperatures could reach 29C (84F) in London

This time it really will be a scorcher! Heatwave that could last for two week to start this weekend with temperatures set to hit 30C

It may be Wimbledon finals and Henley Regatta, but forecasters hold out hope for perfect weather

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Rowing: Glover and Swann lead gold haul

Great Britain claimed four gold medals as the World Rowing Cup concluded at Eton Dorney yesterday. The men's eight triumphed over Poland in the final race to successfully round off a final day which saw the women's pair and the women's double sculls also top the podium along with the lightweight men's pair.

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