Team GB rowers win Britain's first Olympic gold

Wednesday August 1, 2012

Britain has its first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have made Olympic history as the first women rowers to win gold.

Heather, 27, said:  "I want to collapse I'm so overjoyed."

Having been tipped as favourites, the pair delighted the 30,000-strong crowd at Eton Dorney with their triumphant win.

With a time of 7mins 27.13secs, the pair, who were almost a length clear at 500m, raced to victory, in front of Australia who gained silver and New Zealand who won bronze.

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave has said "It is huge history. I've been saying for months these girls are going to win but they did it in a style I didn't expect.

"For British rowing and women's rowing that is just fantastic."

London Major Boris Johnson has described the achievement as "outstanding".

Photo: Getty

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