Glasgow & West Scotland

'Wonderful' honour for rower Grainger

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Media captionKatherine Grainger: 'Still getting used to being a dame'

Scottish rower Katherine Grainger has been made a Dame by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

She became Britain's most decorated female Olympic athlete during the Rio games after winning five Olympic medals over five consecutive games.

Speaking after the investiture, Glasgow-born Dame Katherine said the honour was "wonderful".

"Although the title has been usable since January, it still doesn't feel quite real," she said.

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

Dame Katherine has now retired from international rowing after a career spanning two decades.

She has won one gold medal and four silvers at the last five Olympics, making her Britain's most decorated female Olympian.

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