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.

Olympics: What's on TV today Tuesday 31 July

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Second time lucky for Team GB's rowing men's eight

The Great Britain men's eight qualified for the Olympic final with a victory over Canada and Holland in today's repechage.

Sunday 29 July: Zac Purchase and and Mark Hunter of Great Britain compete in Heat 2 of the Lightweight Men's Double Sculls

Hunter and Purchase regain drive for glory

Water may be the same everywhere you go, but the breezes over Eton Dorney are plainly favouring the host nation – bearing, as they do, the ardent cheers that yesterday sustained two more wins from just three entered heats.

London 2012 TV: What not to miss this week

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GB's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning compete in the Women's Pair Heats at Eton Dorney

British duo storm to victory at Eton Dorney

THE FIREWORK smoke of a brief night had barely dispersed before they were gathering at Eton Dorney in their thousands, ready to urge their first plausible champions over the sparkling water – and the British rowers, drawn into a funnel of noise, reciprocated with coruscations of their own.

Saturday 28 July: Helen Glover of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Women's Pair Heats on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney.

British pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning storm into women's pair final

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning confirmed their status as gold medal favourites as they stormed into the final of the women's rowing pair in a new Olympic record time.

A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

Danny Boyle hails 15,000 Olympics opening ceremony volunteers

Danny Boyle dedicated his £27 million Olympics opening extravaganza to the 15,000 volunteers who will help bring it to life tonight as organisers said they expected a sell-out crowd.

A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

Warm, dry start predicted for Olympic Games

The UK is in for more rain as the jet stream moves south again, but forecasters say the weather for the start of the Olympics will not be as bad as it has been for much of the summer.

A view of Eton Dorney

Television coverage of Olympic rowing to be transformed by world's longest cable-camera

Television coverage of Olympic rowing and canoeing will be revolutionised over the next fortnight following the development of the world's longest cable-camera.

Waiter who streaked alongside Olympic Torch relay denies indecency claiming his naked body inspired 'hilarity not distress'

A waiter who streaked alongside the Olympic Torch was merely inspiring “hilarity not distress” when he joined the relay wearing nothing but trainers, his lawyer insisted today.

Greg Searle (far left) with the Great Britain men’s eight

Olympic life resumes at 40 for Greg Searle as men's eight aim high

Barcelona gold medallist has no doubts about the wisdom of returning for a crack at London

Team GB medal hopefuls in action: July 30

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For many Sir Steve Redgrave is Britain's greatest Olympian

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