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.

Katherine Grainger's (right) mother was so absorbed in the Olympics that she momentarily forgot about her 43-year wedding anniversary

Katherine Grainger's mother forgot 43-year wedding anniversary because of Olympic Games

The mother of an Olympic rower has said she forgot about her 43-year wedding anniversary because she was so caught up in watching the Games.

July 30, 2012: Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka is pictured after competing in the men's single sculls semi-finals of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney. He finished last by a distance.

'Issaka the Otter' receives huge roar as he finishes 33rd and last in rowing event at Eton Dorney

Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka received the roar of a home gold medallist from the Eton Dorney crowd as he finished 33rd and last in the men's single sculls.

One of many images of the empty seats at Olympic events

London 2012: Olympic chief says empty seats issue needs to be addressed

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan says that the problem of empty seats "has to be sorted".

Police arrest Olympic rower Joshua Booth

An Olympic rower for Australia was arrested by police after a shop front was damaged, officials said today.

11:57 - Gold for Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the rowing women’s pairs final

Britain celebrates as rowers and cycling champion race into gold-medal history

Five days of patient, and not so patient, waiting came to an end yesterday as Britain was rewarded with its first gold medal, promptly followed by another to quieten the critics.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final

Fast-tracked to Olympian: Helen Glover on her rise to Olympic gold

Their superiority was evident in moments, measured by clear water to their pursuers within the first 500 metres. But that margin, in turn, traced back four years to one of barely half an inch.

Bradley Wiggins riding to Olympic glory

Bradley Wiggins takes gold to become greatest British Olympian

Bradley Wiggins has today become the greatest British Olympian after winning gold in the time trial event at Hampton Court Palace.

August 1, 2012: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate winning GB's first gold of the games

Jessica Ennis hopes first gold medal can inspire Team GB

Jessica Ennis believes today's first gold medal for Great Britain can inspire the team to further success.

David Cameron visits home club of British rower Alan Campbell during Northern Ireland visit

Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the home club of British rower Alan Campbell as he reached the final in his bid for Olympics glory.

Team GB win Olympic bronze medal in men's eight event

Team GB have won bronze in the men's eight event at Eton Dorney.

Oar we go! Great Britain win first gold of London 2012 as Helen Glover and Heather Stanning storm to victory in women's pairs

Former PE teacher Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, a Royal Artillery captain, have won Team GB's first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning look a surefire bet today

Relax! Britain's first gold will arrive at 11.57am today

Rowing pair Glover and Stanning should break the drought – then watch GB go!

Alan Campbell sets his sights on a gold reward

While everyone else in Coleraine is doubtless preparing to paint the town red, the Royal Mail may yet be ordering a few cans of a very different hue.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent predicts big things for Britain's rowing team

Matthew Pinsent: Great Britain is the strongest rowing nation on the planet

Britain will show the world why they are the leading rowing nation in the world and can win gold, says four-time Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent.

British rower Steve Redgrave carries the flag of his delegation in 1996

Chris Hewett: Steve Redgrave the same class act on the airwaves as he was on the water

Critic without a ticket: Britain's finest Olympian has an anti-BS antenna and is incapable of not telling it like it is

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