London 2012

Rowing: Team GB's Kat Copeland confirms she plans to defend her Olympic title in Rio

Last Updated: 22/10/12 1:16pm

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Kat Copeland (left): Won the Olympic gold with Sophie Hosking this summer

Kat Copeland (left): Won the Olympic gold with Sophie Hosking this summer

Olympic rowing champion Kat Copeland has put retirement plans on hold, confirming that she intends to defend her title in 2016 at the Rio Games.

Copeland, alongside Sophie Hosking, provided one of the surprise successes at London 2012 this summer.

They won gold in the women's lightweight double sculls despite having only started to compete together just four months before.

"As a rower you have a limited lifespan so I want to make the most of it."
Kat Copeland

Although Copeland explained shortly afterwards that she was considering ending her rowing career to pursue a university degree, the 21-year-old is now determined to compete in four years' time.

She told BBC Sport: "University is important, but I can go any time.

"As a rower you have a limited lifespan so I want to make the most of it.

"Before London, I said we had no pressure and had nothing to lose because people weren't expecting us to win gold.

"But after winning gold, I still don't feel any pressure because I got what I wanted. I'm continuing because I love to row."

Fellow champions Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, Alex Gregory and Pete Reed have also confirmed their aims to compete in Brazil.

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