Olympics 2012: Team GB Rowers Heather Stanning And Helen Glover Win Gold In Women's Pair


Team GB took home its first gold on Wednesday after women's pair Heather Stanning and Helen Glover beasted it to the finish by a clear length in the rowing finals at Eton Dorney Lake.

Finishing the 2000m with a time of 7:27.13, the pair are Britain's first women's gold medallist in the sport, despite it being their first Olympics.

Just two years ago Stanning and Glover were reserves but today they dominated the race, rowing to victory and gave us reason to be proud to be British.

Glover only picked up the sport four years ago, when she was spotted through the Sporting Giants programme while she was working as a PE teacher in Bath.

The Minerva Bath RC member said after the race: "If you work hard and try your best absolutely anything is possible."

Glover (left) and Stanning collect their gold medals

The duo got off to a promising start, with stroke Stanning setting a comfortable rhythm which saw the boat take the lead immediately.

They pulled ahead of New Zealand - their main challengers and the current record holders- in the first 500m and within the first minute, there was clear water between them and the other boats.

The triumphant pair maintained a comfortable pace of 33 strokes a minute, barely breaking a sweat, against a backdrop of fans cheering themselves hoarse.

Stanning, who belongs to the Royal Navy, told the BBC: "I want to collapse I'm so overjoyed. 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."

The two were narrowly beaten at 2011's World Rowing Championships by New Zealand, but the latter stood no chance against their power, energy and determination.

After crossing the line they hugged each other with joy and then saluted the crowd, which included Princes William and Harry and the Princess Royal.

Australia claimed silver and New Zealand took bronze.


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