Helen Glover and Team GB team-mate Polly Swann finish second in women’s coxless pair semi-final

Helen Glover and Team GB team-mate Polly Swann finish second in women’s coxless pair semi-final… with Greece emerging from nowhere to take first spot ahead of Thursday’s final in Tokyo

Helen Glover and Polly Swann will compete in the women’s coxless pair final after finishing second in the semi-final.

After a disappointing display in the heats, the Team GB duo were leading from early on and for much of the race looked well on course for a world-best time in Tokyo.

But Greece came from nowhere to win the semi-final while Olympic champions Australia were pushed out after Canada finished third.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann will compete in the women's coxless pair final

Helen Glover and Polly Swann will compete in the women’s coxless pair final

The Team GB were leading early on and looked well on course for a world-best time in Tokyo

The Team GB were leading early on and looked well on course for a world-best time in Tokyo

Glover and Swann will now prepare for the final on Thursday, and will be up against it with the likes of Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Spain and the Russian Olympic Committee all vying for medals.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Glover quit rowing shortly after Rio 2016, having defended her London 2012 title.

She then announced her return earlier in 2021 and before this summer’s Games, and she will now attempt to defend a title for the second successive Olympics.

But Greece came from nowhere to win the semi-final while Olympic champions Australia were pushed out

But Greece came from nowhere to win the semi-final while Olympic champions Australia were pushed out

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