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.

Heather Stanning (left) and Helen Glover strike gold yesterday

Rowing: Third straight gold for British pair

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are on course to make history for Great Britain at the Olympics after winning a third consecutive Rowing World Cup gold medal in Munich yesterday.

Oarsome challenge: Australia's men's four are gunning for Great Britain

Rowing: Aussies stoke row with Britain

Australia's rowers have accused Great Britain of giving their athletes preferential treatment at the Eton Dorney venue for next month's Olympic competition.

Oar inspiring: When Zac Purchase won gold with Mark Hunter at Beijing in 2008, they won the World Championships and every World Cup race in the build-up

Zac Purchase: 'It will be the best rowing team we have ever had'

Rower is all set for another 'pipe dream' on golden morning for Team GB

DJ Taylor: Why I envy the French and the Greeks...

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Britain's Dwain Chambers cleared to run in the London Olympics

Olympic champion Steve Redgrave warns of protests over drug cheats

Sir Steve Redgrave has warned there may be some protests against Dwain Chambers taking part in the Olympics from other members of the British team at London 2012 because of his drugs past.

Major search under way for missing fisherman

A major air and sea search is under way for a fisherman missing off the west coast.

The Oxford team make last minute preparations before the race

Rowing: Home talent kept from Boat Race, says coach

Great British Rowing is effectively blocking homegrown athletes with international potential from competing in the Boat Race, claims the Oxford coach, Sean Bowden, ahead of today's 2012 race.

Women sailors row into record books

An all-woman team have completed a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, storming into the record books along the way, organisers said today.

Grainger will compete in the 2012 games and has inspired the 'LTS Row' collection for Long Tall Sally

My Secret Life: Katherine Grainger, 36, Olympic Rower

'I wanted to join the circus'

Atlantic rowers adrift after they run out of oars

Two men trying to row across the Atlantic for charity are adrift in the middle of the ocean after all their oars broke in rough seas.

The crew of the 'Sara G', with Mark Beaumont, top right

Round-the-world cyclist takes to the sea for Atlantic row

Mark Beaumont swaps pedals for oars in crew's bid to cross ocean to Barbados in under 30 days

An endurance test of Atlantic proportions

Reaching the summit of Mount Everest has long been symbolic of man's ability to conquer nature and, perhaps more pertinently, himself. But as more have stood on top of the world, the less mystique the conquest holds.

Rowers complete their epic trip on luxury liner

Two rowers whose boat was capsized by a freak wave have swapped Atlantic gales and stomach-churning swells for warmth, luxury and lobster after being rescued by one of the world's finest cruise liners.

Britain's top sailors battle it out for world championship title

A no-holds-barred fight between five top British sailors is in prospect for a world championship title as all 10 Olympic classes race on the Indian Ocean, former home of the America’s Cup.

Rowing: Women's eight clinch world bronze in Bled

Britain's women's eight picked up a bronze medal at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia yesterday.

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