Rowing medals joy for Britain
Helen Glover, left, and Heather Stanning won gold in the women's pair
Great Britain celebrated their first gold medal of the Olympic Games after Helen Glover and Heather Stanning stormed to victory in the final of the women's pair.
The British men's eight followed up that stunning success by winning bronze in a thrilling final, that was won by world champions Germany. Canada overtook the British crew in the final quarter of the race to claim silver.
The British women's quadruple scull of Melanie Wilson, Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Beth Rodford finished a disappointing sixth in their final but this was an historic day for British rowing.
Glover and Stanning destroyed the field in their women's pair final, winning by over 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.
Victory for Glover and Stanning completed a remarkable unbeaten season for the British pair, who came into the Olympics as favourites after winning gold in all three World Cup regattas.
The men's eight followed up that triumph by winning bronze with a brave performance, which saw them take on a German crew that is unbeaten in four years.
It was only their third race together in this line-up after 20-year-old stroke man Constantine Louloudis returned to the boat, having missed the World Cup series through injury.
Britain trailed by only half a canvas at the 1000metre mark and they gave triple world champions Germany one of their toughest tests of the last Olympiad but Germany began to pull clear in the final quarter of the race and, eventually, the British crew were pipped for silver by 2008 Olympic champions Canada.
The GB men's quadruple scull team qualified for their final after finishing third in the semi-final, behind world bronze medallists Croatia and Australia.
Matt Wells, Tom Solesbury, Charles Cousins and Stephen Rowbotham produced the fastest last 500 metres of any crew in the field to move up from fourth and into the qualification places.
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Looking at the comments here I see that we have the usual bunch of moaners and groaners who have no real purpose on this planet apart from trying to belittle other posters, or the athletes achievements. Most are, I would assume sad little people with raging inferiority complexes who have actually achieved very little in their lives apart from sponging from the rest of us.
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Finally we have a English woman and a Scottish Woman working together to get Gold for Britain.
Well done to both they could not of done it without each other.
And good luck to all the Brits who are still competing for medals.
Absolutely fabulous that a gold has been won by these two girls. Well deserved.
I think that anyone whether they win or not should be applauded! Well done all of team GB!
And l also follow the football season.
But, looking at these athletes - for example 'Bradley Wiggins" - who has completed the Tour De France, Olympic Road Race and todays time trails all within the past fortnight !!
And those premier league football players earning thousands and thousands of pounds a week moan about playing "3" games of 90minute football in 2 weeks ought to be hung, drawn and quartered.
Well done girls
Superb effort good pacing throughout
The first UK gold of the Olympics and the first ever gold of any lady rower
The mens eight got a bronze too well done to them also
Fantastic news. Well done girls. I watched you in one of the heats and you were brilliant then.
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