Grainger and Watkins strike gold
Katherine Grainger, left, and Anna Watkins celebrate with their gold medals
Katherine Grainger's quest for Olympic glory is over after she won a sensational gold medal with Anna Watkins in the women's double scull.
The British crew destroyed the field at Eton Dorney to add an Olympic crown to the two world titles they have won during two unbeaten years.
Grainger and Watkins led from the start and were roared on to a commanding victory, beating Australia by a length with Poland taking a distant bronze.
Grainger fell into an embrace with Watkins and acknowledged the support of the 30,000 crowd after finally tasting victory at an Olympics.
After coming together in 2010, Grainger and Watkins have now won 23 consecutive races but none of them were as emotional as this as Grainger finally received the gold medal she craved.
Grainger said: "I feel this medal, of all of them, is the people's medal. I feel so many people have been behind me and supported me and wanted this for me as much as I have.
"It's off the back of everyone I've ever worked with, everyone I've ever rowed with, everyone who's helped me going back to my family who were there from the beginning, to my friends at school, university.
"Every single person's been a part of this and it makes the medal seem so much more special."
Britain's successful regatta continued with a pair of bronze medals either side of the double scull victory.
George Nash and William Satch won bronze in the men's pair before Alan Campbell added bronze in the single sculls.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Thanks for putting a smile on all of us Brits faces in the sunshine this morning!
Go for it Rebecca this evening and add another gold medal to your collection.
So absolutely fantastic - well done and congratulations to a wonderful team.
So proud of all the British athletes who have won medals including them that have not.
As they really have done their country proud, against some of the best countries in the world.
But i would like to say on here , as it has not been mentioned by anyone including the media.
That in all of these events that won Gold and Silver.
Every Scot was had a English partner !!!!!
Chris Hoy Scottish ..... Jason Kenny English
Etienne Stott English ..... Tim Baillie Scottish ..... Gold medal
David Florence Scottish ..... Richard Hounslow English .... Silver medal
Grainger Scottish ... Watkins English
Stanning Scottish .... Glover English
These Medals are not Scottish they are British as they could not have done it if each person
had not pulled their weight in Gold.
(Besides..if you want something done send for the girls!). Well done the lads too!.
Well, this cynical old bugga has to eat dirt! I thought 'maybe' 5 golds - freestyle Marbles, men's Gurning, that sort of thing. In the event (EVENT?, goddit?) 6 and counting, + 6 each silver and bronze. Well done everyone, and there's still half the games to go! AND...we are ahead of the French and the Germans!
I would like to say how lovely it has been to listn to some of the presenters, claire and mark at the swimming and matt baker at other venues they have consistently praised and encouraged the Briish team i only wish some of tthe others were as much on our side
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