Grainger & Thornley qualify the double scull for Rio 2016

The London 2012 gold medallist Katherine Grainger qualified for her fifth Olympics as Great Britain won five medals at the world championships in Lac d’Aiguebelette, France.

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Grainger and Vicky Thornley qualified by finishing third in their semi-final on Friday to reach the final of their event.

Grainger, whose victory alongside Anna Watkins three summers ago came after three straight Olympic silver medals, returned to the sport last September after a two-year break.

The 39-year-old said on “We knew both semis would be a fight to the death to get into the top three. We talked with our coach Paul Thompson last night and we knew we would need to bring out our best race.

“It was a really tough race and it was good that we could take advantage of such an exciting race. It brought the best out of both of us and it was great that we could raise our game in that kind of championships race.”

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