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Top Olympian Katherine Grainger delighted by Dame honour

By Tony Jones

Britain's most decorated female Olympian, Katherine Grainger, has described her joy at being made a Dame following a record-breaking career as a rower.

The sports star, who has won medals at the last five consecutive Olympics - a gold and four silvers - was presented with the honour by the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking afterwards, Dame Katherine, who has now retired from international rowing, said: "It's wonderful and obviously on a day like this it sinks in properly.

"As an athlete it's not something you ever realistically aim for, or think about, so for it to be awarded is incredible and it takes a while to feel you fit the shoes."

Grainger and rowing partner Victoria Thornley were narrowly beaten in the double sculls event in Rio but her efforts meant she became the first British woman to win medals at five Games.

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