It wasn’t to be for Helen Glover at the Tokyo Olympics – but she was able to soften the blow of failing to land a medal in the coxless pairs thanks to the embrace of her children as she touched down in the UK.
The British rower came fourth alongside Polly Swann in the women’s event, unable to find the turn of pace to claim a bronze as losing out to New Zealand, the Russian Olympic Committee and Canada.
But she put that disappointment behind her – for a brief spell anyway – as a video showed her three children gleefully running towards her as she came through the arrivals gate at the airport following her return from Japan.
In an emotional video, Glover is seen walking through with her luggage on a trolley, before moving it aside and yelling: ‘It’s mummy!’, before hugging the first child that came towards her – with the other two following in behind.
She had posted the video on her Twitter account with the caption: ‘This feeling’, followed by an emoji with love hearts and the hashtag #runningcuddles and #homesweethome.
Team GB rower Helen Glover posted an emotional video of her children embracing her after arriving home from the Tokyo Olympics
She put her disappointment after coming fourth in the coxless pairs behind her as the youngsters came running towards her
Glover, who became the first British rower to compete at the Olympics after giving birth, shouted: ‘It’s mummy!’ as she shared a special moment
Glover (back) just missed out on a third Olympic gold medal in as many Games as she and partner Polly Swann suffered agony
Glover is the first British rower to compete at an Olympics after becoming a mother, and she paid tribute to her children for inspiring her after coming fourth in the event.
She said: ‘Whether the children remember it or not they were there from the very first strokes of this journey, and in my mind to the very last strokes.
‘What I’d like them to absorb from this would be to take chances with no fear of failure, and draw excitement from the results, yes, but mostly from the journey.’
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