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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Helen Glover ‘proud’ after fourth-placed finish with Polly Swann in women’s rowing pair | Olympics News

Helen Glover and Polly Swann completed simply behind third-placed Canada within the girls’s pair ultimate; within the girls’s light-weight double sculls, Emily Craig and Imogen Grant missed a bronze medal by simply 0.01 seconds

Final Up to date: 29/07/21 6:05am

Helen Glover and Polly Swann narrowly missed out on a medal in the women's pair final

Helen Glover and Polly Swann narrowly missed out on a medal within the girls’s pair ultimate

Comeback rower Helen Glover stated she was proud to complete fourth with Polly Swann within the Olympic girls’s pair ultimate and desperate to return house to see her youngsters.

Glover, the twin Olympic champion chasing glory at a 3rd straight Video games after virtually 4 years off to begin a household, couldn’t fairly declare one other medal as she and Swann trailed in winners New Zealand, the Russian Olympic Committee and third-placed Canada.

Whereas the 35-year-old – who turned the primary mum to row for Britain at an Olympics – missed one other likelihood at a medal, she stated she was proud together with her efforts.

The mom of three tweeted: “SO proud to make the Olympic ultimate & come house with 4th. Polly Swann has been probably the most unbelievable teammate and you’ve got all been wonderful help.

“Thanks!! Now can we invent a teleport machine to get me straight house to the little ones??”

Glover advised reporters she and Swann had given their all however have been left with a mixture of pleasure and frustration.

“The reward is realizing we crossed the road giving it our all, the frustration will likely be coming away considering we had extra and we did not,” she stated.

“Had it been a flat water day we might have anticipated to return by for that final place but it surely wasn’t.

“It was very laborious to problem within the ultimate dash however we nonetheless tried.”

Glover additionally despatched an emotional message to her youngsters. She and her husband, broadcaster and adventurer Steve Backshall, are dad and mom to three-year-old Logan and one-year-old twins Equipment and Willow.

She stated: “They’re generally up at the moment within the morning so that they could be watching now.

“I really like them a lot, they have been my inspiration. I by no means noticed myself getting again in a rowing boat till they got here alongside. You are able to do something you need to do.

“Attempting and failing will not be an issue, so long as you strive. All of the dad and mom who’ve supported me on the way in which, thanks on your messages.”

Helen Glover came out of retirement for Tokyo 2020 while Polly Swann has been working as an NHS doctor during the pandemic

Helen Glover got here out of retirement for Tokyo 2020 whereas Polly Swann has been working as an NHS physician throughout the pandemic

UK Sport praised Glover and 33-year-old Swann, who has blended coaching with working as an NHS physician throughout the coronavirus pandemic – saying each have been inspirations.

“Helen Glover makes historical past as the primary mum to row for Workforce GB with Polly Swann who juggled coaching with working as an NHS junior physician throughout the pandemic,” the organisation tweeted.

“Neither girl wants a medal to show they’re superhuman and encourage the world.”

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Britain claim silver in men’s quadruple sculls

Great Britain’s run of five successive Olympic golds in the men’s four came to an end before a surprise silver in the quadruple sculls lifted spirits for British Rowing.

Backshall stated he was misplaced for phrases after the race, deferring to former champion rower Matthew Pinsent for his skilled view.

“I do not know what to say, however Matt (as standard) type of sums it up,” Backshall tweeted.

Pinsent stated Glover and Swann “did nicely to not get drawn to go too quick early” after which “laid all the pieces on the road to attempt to get again”.

“Sport may be brutal at instances. And 4th is wonderful and hard to take directly,” Pinsent tweeted.

Swann stated: “I feel we all the time knew within the Olympic ultimate folks have been going to exit laborious.

“We thought we’d have a bit extra of a buffer but it surely wasn’t to be.”

In the meantime, there was extra rowing heartache for Britain within the girls’s light-weight double sculls, with Emily Craig and Imogen Grant lacking a bronze medal by simply 0.01 seconds.

In an unbelievable end, the highest 4 have been separated by simply half a second, with Italy taking gold from France and Holland.

Workforce GB have now completed fourth in 5 rowing occasions in Tokyo.

Elsewhere, Britain’s girls started their rugby sevens marketing campaign with a 14-12 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee group, due to a last-gasp strive from co-captain Abbie Brown.

And there was pleasure for Eire in rowing, with Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan incomes the nation’s first gold medal of those video games within the males’s light-weight double sculls, overhauling Germany to win by lower than a second.

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