Watkins leaves GB Olympic programme

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins

Watkins (right) won double sculls gold with Katherine Grainger at London 2012

Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins has withdrawn from the British programme for this year’s Games in Rio.

The 32-year-old, who also won two World Championships, returned to training in 2015 after a three-year absence, during which she had two children.

But, after recent tests, Watkins felt she was not at the required level.

“This is not a decision that I’ve taken lightly,” she said. “I guess I would have always wondered about what might have been if I hadn’t given it a go.”

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