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01 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Rowing

Golden girls win for Great Britain - London 2012 - Rowing

Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have won a gold medal in the women's Pair - the Host Nation's first of London 2012 - while Ukraine took gold in the women's Quadruple Sculls.

The pair became the first British women to take an Olympic Rowing gold in front of an ecstatic crowd at Eton Dorney.

Australia pipped world champions New Zealand to win silver but neither crew was able to live with the blistering pace set by the British pair.

Ukraine's women's Quadruple Sculls team won gold in the second final of the day, they were followed across the line by Germany and the USA took silver.

The British pair made a blistering start to the Pairs final and had sprinted into a clear water lead over the Kiwis by the 500m time-check, an advantage they held through to the half-way mark.

When Glover and Stanning hit the wall of sound generated by 26,000 fans in the grandstands, they extended their lead to two lengths.

After crossing the line they hugged each other and saluted the crowd, which included the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Princess Royal.

Stanning said: 'I'm absolutely shattered and absolutely ecstatic all at the same time. I want to collapse but I'm just so overjoyed, I just want to jump around at the same time. I'm probably talking rubbish now.'

In other Rowing action, Germany won men's Eight gold. Canada took silver and Great Britain were on bronze.

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