Helen Glover insists she will NOT make a rowing comeback for Team GB for the 2024 Olympics

Helen Glover insists she will NOT make another comeback for Team GB for the 2024 Olympics… after defending the coxless women’s champion and missing out on the Tokyo medal alongside Polly Swann

Helen Glover ruled out another rowing return after a painful fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics.

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

Glover, who won in 2012 and 2016, did not return to training until March 2020 after a four-year absence after starting a family and insisted she doesn’t expect to make another comeback with Team GB.

Helen Glover ruled out rowing again after a painful fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics

Helen Glover ruled out rowing again after a painful fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics

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

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

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

She said, ‘You know what, in Rio I said it was my last. This time I say it certainly is and everyone around me keeps saying “No, no, you’re coming back with the single!”

‘I don’t see myself doing the single at all. That is certainly not in the pipeline. I never think beyond the finish line, so for me I’m just looking forward to coming home and having some rest.”

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

She said, “For both of us, this felt more like a journey than anything we’ve done. We even look at the route to get to the starting line and how many crews fall along the way.

Glover did not return to training until March 2020 after a four-year absence after starting a family gezin

Glover did not return to training until March 2020 after a four-year absence after starting a family gezin

Glover did not return to training until March 2020 after a four-year absence after starting a family gezin

‘You can never say that a place in the final is not exciting.

“The last year for both of us is one that we’re going to look back on and I think when you get carried away in the moment and the daily grind of just one year, it feels so immediate.

‘I’ll come back in a few years and I’ll 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 is insane.

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

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

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

“Whether she (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.”

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

“She took care of three children for Helen. For me, I worked in a hospital a year ago today,” she said after the duo finished 54.96 seconds, 4.77 seconds behind the gold medalists in six minutes. “I don’t think there are many people in the Olympic athletes set up who can say these things and be in a final.

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

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

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

“We definitely fought to get on the podium. I can’t fault our determination for that and more. We got into the boat together and since then we have pushed each other to the limit every day.’

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 the Netherlands by just 0.01 second, while Italy and France claimed gold and silver.

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