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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Helen Glover ‘proud’ after finishing fourth with Polly Swann in women’s rowing pair |  Olympic Games News

Helen Glover and Polly Swann finished just behind Canada, third in the women’s pair final; in the women’s lightweight pairs, Emily Craig and Imogen Grant missed the bronze medal by just 0.01 seconds

Last updated: 07/29/21 6:05 am

Helen Glover and Polly Swann narrowly missed a medal in the women’s couple final

Returning rower Helen Glover said she was proud to finish fourth with Polly Swann in the women’s Olympic final and couldn’t wait to get home to see her children.

Glover, the two-time Olympic champion striving for glory at a third consecutive Games after nearly four years of being out to start a family, couldn’t quite claim another medal as she and Swann trailed behind the winners of the New Zealand, Russian Olympic Committee and Canada, third.

As the 35-year-old – who became Britain’s first mom to row at the Olympics – missed another chance to win a medal, she said she was proud of her efforts.

The mother of three tweeted: “SO proud to have reached the Olympic final and come home with 4th place. Polly Swann has been the most amazing teammate and you have all been an incredible support.

“Thanks !! Now can we invent a teleportation machine to bring me straight home for the little ones ??”

Glover told reporters that she and Swann gave their all but ended up with a mixture of pride and frustration.

“The reward is knowing that we crossed the line by giving all we have, the frustration will go away thinking we had more and we didn’t,” she said.

“If it had been a day on flat water we would have expected to take that last place, but it wasn’t.

“It was very difficult to challenge in the final sprint but we tried anyway.”

Glover also sent an emotional message to his children. She and her husband, broadcaster and adventurer Steve Backshall, are parents to three-year-old Logan and twins Kit and one-year-old Willow.

She said, “They are sometimes up at this time in the morning so they can watch now.

“I love them so much, they were my inspiration. I never saw myself back in a rowboat before they arrived. You can do whatever you want.

“Trying and failing is no problem, as long as you try. All parents who have supported me along the way, thank you for your messages.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Helen Glover ‘proud’ after finishing fourth with Polly Swann in women’s rowing pair |  Olympic Games News

Helen Glover is coming out of retirement for Tokyo 2020 while Polly Swann worked as an NHS doctor during the pandemic

UK Sport praised Glover and Swann, 33, who have mixed training with work as an NHS doctor during the coronavirus pandemic – saying both were inspirations.

“Helen Glover is making history as the first mom to row for the GB team with Polly Swann juggling training and working as a junior NHS doctor during the pandemic,” the organization tweeted.

“No woman needs a medal to prove that she is superhuman and that she inspires the world.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Helen Glover ‘proud’ after finishing fourth with Polly Swann in women’s rowing pair |  Olympic Games News

Great Britain takes silver in men’s quadruple

Britain’s streak of five back-to-back Olympic gold in the men’s four came to an end before a surprise silver in the quadruple sculls boosted morale for British Rowing.

Backshall said he was at a loss for words after the race, relying on former champion rower Matthew Pinsent for his expert advice.

“I don’t know what to say, but Matt (as usual) sort of sums it up,” Backshall tweeted.

Pinsent said Glover and Swann “did well not to get shot to go too fast early” and then “put everything on the line to try to come back”.

“The sport can be brutal at times. And the 4th is amazing and difficult to take at the same time,” Pinsent tweeted.

Swann said: “I think we always knew that in the Olympic final people were going to fight.

“We thought we could have a little more buffer, but we didn’t.”

Meanwhile, there was more rowing heartbreak for Great Britain in the women’s lightweight two-pair, with Emily Craig and Imogen Grant missing a bronze medal by just 0.01 seconds.

In an incredible finish, the top four were only half a second apart, with Italy winning gold over France and the Netherlands.

The GB team have now finished fourth in five rowing events in Tokyo.

Elsewhere, the British women started their rugby sevens campaign with a 14-12 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee team, thanks to a final try from co-captain Abbie Brown.

And there was joy for Ireland in rowing, with Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan winning the country’s first gold of those games in the men’s lightweight two-scoop, edging out Germany to win by. less than a second.


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