Katherine Grainger became the most decorated female British Olympian ever on Thursday after winning the silver medal in the double skulls event with her partner Vicky Thornley. The 40-year-old claimed her fifth Olympic medal in Rio – taking her ahead of the previous record holder Rebecca Adlington.
Their success at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas has come as a surprise to some, as Katherine initially missed a place in the women's team for Rio in June, but belatedly earned a place after coming sixth at the World Championships alongside Welsh athlete Vicky.
Katherine has become the most decorated female Olympian of all time
Katherine has now competed – and won medals – in five consecutive Olympic Games. She had previously won gold in the same event with Anna Watkins at the London 2012 Olympics, and picked up a silver medal at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics too.
The success will come as a huge relief to Katherine, who previously said she was determined to win a medal in Rio.
Katherine and her partner Vicky Thornley won silver in the double skulls event
"I didn't take time out, then come back, to go to a fifth Olympics and just get a T-shirt. Vicky and myself both want a medal and we haven't lowered our sights," she said. "It's not been the smoothest or most direct route but it's a relief that we're there.
"There have been days when I couldn't necessarily see a way forward but I never stopped believing I could get there. I knew coming back was a huge task for me physically and mentally, getting back in a boat and back to where my standards and expectations were. I always saw that as being the biggest test I'd face."