Anna Watkins announces pregnancy

Anna Watkins
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Olympic double sculls champion Anna Watkins announces that she is pregnant.

Olympic double sculls champion Anna Watkins has announced that she is pregnant.

The 30-year-old, who won gold at London 2012 with partner Katherine Grainger, expects to give birth in September.

She wrote on Twitter: "It's true, I am expecting a baby in September. So excited!"

Watkins admits that the news will have "huge implications" for her rowing career.

She told The Times: "It's anybody's guess what I'll be feeling like in the autumn. Right now it does seem far-fetched to come back but it's not impossible.

"Whatever comes next has to be a bigger challenge than the last one, whether that's doing a single scull or doing two events.

"Right now, the idea of staying at home with the baby is very attractive."

Watkins was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.

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