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Helen Glover insists she will NOT make another rowing comeback for Team GB for 2024 Olympic Games

Helen Glover insists she will NOT make another rowing comeback for Team GB for 2024 Olympic Games… after defending women’s coxless pairs champion missed out on Tokyo medal alongside Polly Swann

Helen Glover ruled out another rowing return after an agonising fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics.

The defending women’s pair champion finished just outside the medals with Polly Swann as New Zealand took the title ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee and Canada.

Glover, who won in 2012 and 2016, only returned to training in March 2020 following four years away after starting a family and insisted she does not expect to make another comeback with Team GB.

Helen Glover ruled out another rowing return after an agonising fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics

The defending women's pair champion finished just outside the medals with Polly Swann

The defending women’s pair champion finished just outside the medals with Polly Swann

She said: ‘Well do you know what, in Rio I said it was my last one. This time I’m saying that it definitely is and everyone around me keeps saying ”No, no, you’ll be back doing the single!”

‘I definitely don’t see myself doing the single. That’s definitely not in the pipeline. I never think beyond the finish line so for me I’m just looking forward to getting home and having some downtime.’

Glover, who had son Logan with TV presenter Steve Backshall in 2019 and twins Kit and Willow in January 2020, believes her and Swann have completed something special.

She said: ‘For both of us this has felt more like a journey than anything we’ve done. We even look to the route of getting to the start line and how many crews fall to the wayside.

Glover only returned to training in March 2020 following four years away after starting a family

Glover only returned to training in March 2020 following four years away after starting a family

‘You can never say that a place in the final isn’t exciting.

‘The last year for both of us is one we’re going to look back and I think when you’re caught up in the moment of it and the day-to-day grind of only having one year, it feels so immediate.

‘I’ll come to look back in a few years and think, ‘how did I do that?’ ‘What was that year about?’

‘Everyone will remember the year of the pandemic for their own reasons and I will think that was the thing that took me to another Olympics and that’s bonkers.

The 35-year-old believes her and Swann have completed something special this summer

The 35-year-old believes her and Swann have completed something special this summer

‘Whether they (her children) remember it or not they were there from the very first strokes of this journey and in my mind to the very last strokes.’

A host of celebrity well-wishers – including Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Nature Watch TV presenter Michaela Strachan – could not help veteran rower Glover over the line for a medal in the rowing this morning.

But the strength of support for the mother-of-three, pulled together by her devoted husband explorer and naturalist Backshall, offers a heart-warming insight into the sacrifices Glover, 35, has made to compete at Tokyo2020.

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson was part of a well-wishing video for Glover

James Cracknell was another who wished Glover well

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and James Cracknell were part of a well-wishing video for Glover

Michaela Strachan also took part in the video

As did Ben Fogle

Michaela Strachan and Ben Fogle were two other famous faces wishing Glover all the best

Swann was working at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, during the pandemic fightback last year and believes their story is unique.

‘For Helen, she was looking after three kids. For me I was working in a hospital a year ago today,’ she said after the duo finished in six minutes 54.96 seconds, 4.77secs behind the gold medallists. ‘I don’t think there’s many people in the Olympic athlete set-up that can say these things and be in a final.

‘We certainly fought our all to try to get on to that podium. I can’t fault our determination for that and more. We got in the boat together and every day since then has been pushing each other to the limit.’

There was heartbreak for Imogen Grant and Emily Craig as they finished fourth in the women’s lightweight double sculls final.

They were beaten to bronze by Holland by just 0.01 of a second as Italy and France claimed gold and silver.

Glover won in 2012 and 2016, winning with Heather Stanning (left) in Rio five years ago

Glover won in 2012 and 2016, winning with Heather Stanning (left) in Rio five years ago

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