Golden girl Katherine eyes Olympics

PIC BY GARETH EASTON. 07752 666 522.'THREE TIMES OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST KATHERINE GRAINGER RETURNS TO HER ROWING ROOTS AT EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY. KATHERINE WAS THERE TO NAME THE UNIVERSITY ROWING CLUBS NEWEST BOAT THE "KATHERINE GRAINGER"
PIC BY GARETH EASTON. 07752 666 522.'THREE TIMES OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST KATHERINE GRAINGER RETURNS TO HER ROWING ROOTS AT EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY. KATHERINE WAS THERE TO NAME THE UNIVERSITY ROWING CLUBS NEWEST BOAT THE "KATHERINE GRAINGER"

REIGNING world rowing champion Katherine Grainger is on track for next year’s London Olympics after defending her title at the World Championships last week in Slovenia.

Competing in the double scull category with partner Anna Watkins the pair picked up gold medals to add to Britain’s haul of 14, putting the UK in sixth place out of the 31 countries that took part.

Following a great start, the pair crossed the line in 6mins 44.73secs. The Australians, who closed the gap in the final stages, were second.

This is the Milngavie rower’s sixth world title and she is likely to have a place in next year’s Olympics, according to coach Paul Thompson.

He explained that in rowing it is the boat that qualifies and not the rowers, but admitted he would be very surprised if Grainger (35) - with three Olympic silver medals already under her belt - was not part of the team challenging for gold at next year’s Londongames.

He said: “They qualified the boat for the Olympics and have been world champions for two years and undefeated over the last two seasons.

“I am sure that there will be a strong possibility they will be rowing in London.”

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Grainger is currently on a three week European holiday and will be back to her gruelling training schedule on September 27.

She will be hoping to make her mark in the first of the series of world championships in Belgrade next May.

Asked what the secret of her success was, Thompson said: “It’s the whole package: commitment, mental attitude and application.”