Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have won the first GB women’s rowing title and the first gold for the home nation at the London 2012 Olympics.
The pair put in a strong performance over the whole of the race and led from start to finish as they secured the first gold medal in the history of British women’s rowing.
More than 30,000 people watched the pair’s victory and provided very vocal support along the 2km course.
Stanning, a member of the British army, said: “I want to collapse I’m so overjoyed. We hope this is the start of things to come from the Great Britain team.
“I’m probably talking rubbish now. We’ve got out ahead throughout the season and we wanted to do that today, and not give anything back. Helen was telling me to keep on going. Thanks for all the support in Afghanistan, I’m so proud to be associated with you.”
Her partner, who is usually a PE teacher, Glover added: “I really hope my story can be an inspiration for kids in PE watching this, or at home thinking about taking up a new sport. Just go on, go for it, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
There was also success for Britain’s men’s eight boat who managed to come third in the final and win a bronze medal. The squad had put up a strong challenge against favourites Germany but were unable to sustain the high stroke rate to the end of the race.
All of the London 2012 rowing events are being held at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre and people lucky to be staying in central London hotels and with tickets to the rowing are likely to see more medals for the Team GB squad over the coming days.