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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.

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Great Britain's Peter Chambers and Kieren Emery have won gold in the lightweight men's pair at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

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British team are the first to row to the North Pole

A team of British adventurers was poised last night to become the first to row to the 1996 magnetic North Pole.

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The death of the charismatic author, businessman and adventurer Wallace Clark brings to an end a life lived with vigour and panache. Clark was known in the yachting world as the semi-professional yachtsman who commissioned the Aileach – the first full-sized replica Hebridean war galley to be built for over 300 years. However, back in his native Ulster he was more celebrated for his classic volume Sailing Round Ireland, which still sellsi well more than 30 years after publication. By the time the Aileach was launched at Moville, Clark was 65, yet he still slept on bare planks in the open air alongside his men when skippering the 16-oared craft from Ireland to the Outer Hebrides.

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Rowing: British pair get another crack at supreme Kiwis

Pete Reed and Andy Triggs-Hodge have been given the chance to make it 14th time lucky when they take on the dominant New Zealand pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond at next month's World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Rowing: Four golds for Britain but Reed and Hodge are second best again

Britain won 10 medals, including four golds, in the final round of the World Cup here yesterday, showing that the rowing team is in great shape for qualifying boats for next year's Olympics and next month's world championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Rowing: GB switch on power to win five trophies

Great Britain's Olympic men's squad won five trophies in a show of power at Henley yesterday in their last appearance at the Royal regatta before the 2012 Olympics. The sculler Alan Campbell, the pair of Pete Reed and Andy Hodge, the double scullers Matt Wells and Marcus Batemen, the coxless four and the quadruple scullers all led the way as records tumbled.

Danger: Memory!, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

In the 1950s, the zealous interrogators of the House Un-American Activities Committee used fear to incite an epidemic of forgetfulness. The idea that, with the rise of fascism in the Thirties, it was once quite possible for decent, liberal folk to be members of the Communist Party was wiped from the collective memory bank. Cue The Crucible.

Winners, losers and in-betweens learn their fate in Olympic ticket lottery

When hundreds of thousands of sports fans had money debited from their accounts last month, they knew they had secured a ticket for next year's Olympic Games. But no one who had applied for more than one event could be certain which one they were going to attend.

Rowing: Great eight try to keep up with the Partridge

It is a motley crew which assembles at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake outside Reading. The British eight that will contest the first rowing World Cup in Munich next week could have been devised by a sporting diversity unit.

Rowing: British pair intent on beating Kiwis

Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed immediately set their sights on the world championships and overhauling arch rivals New Zealand after winning the Team GB rowing trials.

Rowing: Nature or nurture? Redgrave's girl reopens the debate

Sir Steve's daughter had not sat in a rowing boat until she was 18, so surely her recent success is down to her genes? Not necessarily, says Paul Newman. Hard work, luck and... beefburgers play a part

By bike, kayak and canoe, Sarah the 'bonkers' adventurer takes on the world

Certifiably bonkers, mad and marvellous are just three attributes ascribed to Sarah Outen and her ventures. All seem justified bearing in mind the 25-year-old sets off tomorrow on a solo 20,000-mile trip around the world using nothing more than a kayak, bicycle and rowing boat.

Rowing: Teenage Dark Blue powers into Olympic frame

His friends call him Stan, but you get a better idea of his background from his full name. Constantine Louloudis is studying Classics at Oxford, went to Eton College and returns every summer to his father's family home on the Greek island of Andros. His mother is a lady-in-waiting to the Princess Royal.

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