After a record-breaking performance at the Rio Olympics, British runner Helen Glover has ruled out bidding for another Games.
The Tokyo Olympics is a sporting event that has been held every 4 years since the first games were held in Athens, Greece. The next games will be held in 2020, but for now Helen Glover has ruled out another bid.
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Helen Glover, a two-time gold medalist from the United Kingdom, has ruled out another Olympic rowing attempt after her dreams of a fairytale finish in Tokyo 2020 were shattered.
In the women’s pair, Glover, 35, and Polly Swann, 33, finished fourth.
“It was my final one, I declared in Rio. ‘No, that’s certainly it,’ I say this time “Glover said.
Emily Craig and Imogen Grant just missed out on a medal in the lightweight women’s double sculls by 0.01sec.
On Thursday, Team GB’s frustrations were compounded by the fact that they had come fourth in five events at the Sea Forest Waterway.
So far, Team GB has only won one rowing medal: silver in the men’s quadruple sculls event on Wednesday, won by Harry Leask, Angus Groom, Tom Barras, and Jack Beaumont.
Britain won six, nine, and five medals in rowing at the Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, respectively.
Glover, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was attempting to become the first British woman to win three gold medals.
Glover, who began her return in March, said, “We’re delighted with the outcome – it reflects our hard work.”
Craig and Grant came in fourth place in a race that Dame Katherine Grainger, a five-time British rowing medalist, called “a fantastic commercial” for lightweight rowing.
Italy won gold ahead of France, with the Netherlands taking bronze ahead of the British team – the four crews were separated by just half a second.
“Emily Craig and Imogen Grant haven’t put a foot wrong, but it just came down to one last stroke at the finish,” Grainger, who won five consecutive Olympic gold from 2000 to 2016, said.
Glover and Swann reminisce about a thrilling trip.
Glover is the first mother to join the nation’s Olympic rowing squad, having given birth to twins Kit and Willow last year. Logan was born in 2019 to her and her spouse, television host Steve Backshall.
Her return started in March, when the Tokyo Games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus epidemic and were rescheduled for this summer.
She reconnected with Swann, who replaced Heather Stanning as Glover’s partner when she took a sabbatical following London 2012.
“This has seemed more like a trip than anything else we’ve done before. We even consider the route to the starting line and how many crews get lost along the way “After New Zealand, the Russian Olympic Committee, and Canada won medals, Glover said.
“A position in the final can never be described as uninteresting.
“I believe the final year for both of us will be one we’ll look back on, and I think it seems so immediate when you’re caught up in the present and the day-to-day grind of just having one year.”
“In a few years, I’ll look back and wonder, ‘How did I accomplish that?’ ‘What was that year about?’”
Swann, a doctor for the NHS, was also looking to complete a spectacular return after taking a hiatus to concentrate on her medical profession.
“Helen was responsible for three children. A year ago today, I was working at a hospital “Swann said.
“I don’t believe there are many Olympic athletes who can say these things and still be in a final.”
“We definitely gave it our best to make it to the top of the podium. I can’t blame our tenacity for it, especially the way we battled every day in training.”
Glover and Swann should be pleased with themselves – analysis
On TV, Dame Katherine Grainger, a five-time British rowing medalist:
“Talking about another fourth place is always difficult and unpleasant, but they will be immensely pleased once they have allowed that result set in.”
“They took on a huge task and rose to the occasion admirably.”
“They’ve raised awareness and discussed problems. They were fierce competitors.”
On TV, two-time Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell:
“For Glover and Swann, that’s still a great result.
“Why you train for four years, you lose the spring at either end of the race – the start and the sprint finish – is what lost them a medal.”
“They didn’t have enough peak speed.”