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Recent success

Houghton at Athens OlympicsHoughton at Athens Olympics Two recent students of King's, Katherine Grainger and Frances Houghton, enjoyed success in the 2004 Athens Olympics in the coxless pairs and the women's quadruple sculls respectively.

The gold medals went to Romania and Germany in hard fought races.

Following her narrow defeat at the hands of the German team, Frances Houghton described her thoughts:

Katherine Grainger and Frances HoughtonKatherine Grainger and Frances Houghton 'For anyone competing at the Olympics, just to win a medal is awesome and when I passed the line I just thought, 'right, next time I want gold!'

In 2008 in Beijing they were both part of the quadruple sculls team for Great Britain that took a silver medal, narrowly losing to the team from China .

Katherine also won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics of 2000 and at London 2012 achieved a gold medal to become the only British woman to win medals at four consecutive Olympic games.

In 2006 she was awarded an MBE for services to sport.

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