Kat Copeland to compete in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland reveals that she hopes to defend her women's lightweight double sculls title in Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland has revealed that she will postpone her retirement from rowing to compete in Rio de Janeiro in four years' time.

The 21-year-old had considered retiring from the sport to study biology at university after she won gold in the women's lightweight double sculls with Sarah Hosking at London 2012, but she has revealed that she wants to make the most of her rowing career.

Copeland 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 London 2012 Olympians Heather Stanning, Helen Glover, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory have also revealed that they will compete in Brazil.

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