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.

Rowing: British men begin long haul to London 2012

Jurgen Grobler has kept faith with his leading men as the British team begin the long haul to London 2012. The Great Britain chief coach put his trust in his under-performing pairs team, Pete Reed and Andy Triggs Hodge, when he named them for next month's world championships in New Zealand despite their history of second places this year.

Youth Olympics: Rowing pair win second British gold

Great Britain picked up their second gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games after the rowers Georgia Howard-Merrill and Fiona Gammond won the junior women's pairs on day four in Singapore yesterday.

Female crew celebrates non-stop row round Britain

A weary crew of female seafarers were today celebrating on land after becoming the first women to row non-stop around the coast of Britain.

Rowing: Grainger shines in World Cup victory

The British team yesterday retained the rowing World Cup and 11 of the 13 finalists won medals, including all six of the men's heavyweight crews. Golds came for the men's heavy and lightweight coxless fours, and Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger won two, one for the double sculls at the start of the day and the other for the quadruple sculls at the end of it, for which they were joined by Annie Vernon and Beth Rodford.

Rowing: Kiwis keep firm grasp on Goblets

Pete Reed and Andy Hodge took a drubbing from the New Zealand world champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond in the coxless pairs at Henley yesterday.

Rowing: All aboard the Bateman 'Red Express'

Anywhere but Henley... The chap sashaying over the Thames bridge in the light pink blazer and white slacks may just have received a double-take.

Rowing: 'Old codger' in oarsome nick

It's one of the most sensational comeback stories. Greg Searle will go for gold in the 2012 Olympics (aged 40), two decades after tasting glory in Barcelona

Will reveals £25,000 for gunman's twin

Derrick Bird's twin brother was given £25,000 by their father before the old man's death, his will revealed today.

Rowing: Searle enjoys golden day in slovenia

The boats in the Men's Eight final at the Rowing World Cup race across Lake Bled in Slovenia yesterday.

Race to the Pole, by James Cracknell & Ben Fogle

There's something heart-warming about the ripping adventures of James Cracknell and Ben Fogle. Not simply the fact that the pair seem to pit themselves against unspeakable odds, but also that they do so with a combination of sincerity, dignity and pragmatism. After their Atlantic jaunt, their latest endeavour is up to the mark.

Rowing: Searle on course for Britain return

Greg Searle has rolled back the years to complete the first step of a remarkable Olympic comeback by winning a place in the Great Britain rowing squad.

Clegg and Cameron: Britain's Spartan Kingship

This Monday 'Dave and Nick', as the PM and his deputy are to be known, gave a press conference backing their ambitions for the next five years. This government would be “a radical, reforming government where it needs to be and a source of reassurance and stability at a time of great uncertainty,” said Nick Clegg. He may not have known it, but he was delivering a Spartan manifesto.

Rowing: Cambridge stay the course to snatch victory

Cambridge's victory in the 156th Boat Race on Saturday again showed that it is now the norm for it to be a competition for the full four-and-a-quarter-mile course rather than being decided by who reaches Hammersmith Bridge, about a third of the distance, first.

Carl Smith: Rower who won eight world championship medals

Carl Smith, who was killed on New Year's Day at the age of 49 when his car hit a tree after going off the Epperstone bypass, north-east of Nottingham, was a world champion oarsman and coach of immense talent.

Bert Bushnell: Britain's last surviving gold medallist from the 1948 Olympics

Bert Bushnell was the last surviving British gold medallist from the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Until he was 26 years old, he reckoned he was Britain's best single sculler. After all, he had been brought up on the River Thames and his father, who built landing craft for the Admiralty, had sacrificed £40 for his own sculling boat.

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