November 9, 2016 / 7:27 AM / 2 years ago

Double Olympic rowing champion Stanning retires

(Reuters) - Double Olympic rowing champion Heather Stanning has announced her retirement from the sport, with the Briton saying she had nothing left to prove.

2016 Rio Olympics - Rowing - Victory Ceremony - Women's Pair Victory Ceremony - Lagoa Stadium - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Helen Glover (GBR) of Britain and Heather Stanning (GBR) of Britain pose with their gold medals. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Stanning’s retirement brings an end to her partnership with Helen Glover. The pair have not lost a race since the World Championships in Slovenia in 2011.

“I don’t feel I’ve got anything else to prove to myself,” the 31-year-old told British media.

“I wanted things to get back to normal before I made the decision firmly and I wanted to make sure it was the right decision.

Stanning and Glover became Britain’s first female rowers to win back-to-back Olympic golds when they retained the coxless pairs title in Rio this year.

“It’s about time I made the decision and it has helped me focus on what to do next, certainly with work and the army because I know that’s something I want to go back to,” Stanning added.

“It seemed the right time to make that decision.”

Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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