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Olympics: Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning claim first gold medal for Great Britain

The 2012 Olympic host nation was finally celebrating its first gold medal of the games after success in the women's pair rowing event.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate winning Great Britain's first gold medal at London 2012
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate winning Great Britain's first gold medal at London 2012

LONDON// Great Britain celebrated their first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics after Helen Glover and Heather Stanning stormed to victory in the final of the women's pair.

Glover and Stanning destroyed the field, winning by more than a length to make history at Eton Dorney as the first British female rowers to be crowned Olympic champions.

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.

over and Stanning punched the air as they crossed the line and embraced in the boat after winning gold in sensational fashion at their first Olympic Games.

Victory for Glover and Stanning completed a remarkable unbeaten season for the British pair, who came into the Olympics as favourites after winning gold all three World Cup regattas.

That dominance was fuelled by the pain of being beaten into silver by New Zealand at the 2011 world championships by just eight hundredths of a second.

Glover and Stanning underlined their gold medal credentials by setting a new Olympic best time to win their heat on the opening day of the regatta, demolishing the previous mark by over four seconds.

Today, they were cheered on to gold medal glory by Princess Anne, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The British pair made a blistering start and they sprinted into a clear water lead over the Kiwis by the 500 metre time-check, an advantage they held through to halfway mark.

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

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