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Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win London 2012 rowing gold medal

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: August 01, 2012

  • Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold

  • Heather Stanning (left) and Helen Glover have made British rowing history after winning a gold medal at London 2012

  • Heather Stanning (left) and Helen Glover have made British rowing history after winning a gold medal at London 2012

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Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have won Team GB's first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Former Millfield School pupil Glover and Yeovil-born Stanning made history and became Britain's first ever female rowing gold medallists in the women's pair.

Glover and Stanning made a stunning start, and opened up a clear lead after the first 500 metres.

By the halfway mark of the 2,000-metre race, the GB pair had opened up a full length's lead, and built on it in the final half of the race for an emphatic victory.

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Both reigning world champions New Zealand and twice-defending Olympic champions Romania were left in their wake as they stormed home, roared on by an ecstatic crowd at Eton Dorney.

Australia took the silver medal, and New Zealand had to settle for bronze.

Stanning said: "I'm absolutely shattered and absolutely ecstatic at the same time.

"I want to collapse but I'm just so overjoyed, I just want to jump around at the same time."

Prime Minister David Cameron saluted the British pair's efforts during his visit to Northern Ireland this afternoon.

"Can I first of all say how delighted I am about Heather and Helen's gold medal in the rowing - an absolutely fantastic effort," said Mr Cameron.

Glover, from Cornwall, and Army rower Stanning have been in great form this season, winning all three World Cup races and then setting an Olympic record time of six minutes and 57.29 seconds, beating the previous best by more than four seconds, in their heat.

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