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Grainger 'still has hopes for Rio Olympics'

Britain's most successful rower, Katherine Grainger, says she hasn't given up hope of going to the Olympics in Rio, despite a decision to withdraw her boat from the competition.

The Maidenhead athlete won gold medal at London 2012 at the fourth attempt.

She came out of retirement two years ago in a bid to defend her title at the age of 40.

Penny Silvester reports.

Redgrave and Grainger back cancer rowing challenge

Chris Spencer and his Great Thames Row team (Dan Bartlett, Rob Coleman, Roger Spencer and Paul Prentice) with Katherine Grainger and Sir Steve Redgrave Credit: Everyone Active

Olympic gold medallist rowers Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE stepped out this morning at Maidenhead Rowing Club to show support to cancer survivor Chris Spencer, 48, who is rowing the length of the Thames to raise awareness of leukaemia and the Anthony Nolan charity.

A general manager for the Everyone Active leisure operator, Chris has had two bone marrow transplants – the most recent just 10 months ago. He says Anthony Nolan saved his life and now it’s ‘payback time’ so Chris set himself the task of rowing 150 miles in 3.5 days to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE met Chris at Maidenhead Rowing Club in Berkshire earlier today to lend their support and encouragement to him and his team before sending them on their way to complete their challenge.

He will finish in London at midday tomorrow.