British rower Shorten reveals she cried after hearing about Olympic postponement

Rebecca Shorten opened up about the devastation of the Olympics being postponed (PA Images)
Rebecca Shorten opened up about the devastation of the Olympics being postponed (PA Images)
9:29am, Sun 29 Mar 2020
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British rower Rebecca Shorten has admitted she cried after hearing the news about the Olympics being postponed until 2021.

It was announced by the International Olympic Committee last week that the Tokyo Games were to be pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And while Shorten was gutted about the decision, she also saw the positives in it as it gives her more time to prepare following a period of inconsistent training.

Speaking to BBC Sport, she said: "Everything was going wrong that day - one thing after another. I sat in the car and just cried. But then it was just a case of 'right... OK, fine, move on'.

"I've tried to look at the positives rather than the negatives. I've struggled this year with constantly getting ill so this gives me another year's training."

Shorten, who is a two-time European silver medallist in the eight race, recently all but booked her place in Tokyo after winning the women's pairs alongside Rowan McKellar at the Olympic trials.

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