Team GB Win Their First Olympic Gold Medal

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover pick up Great Britain's first gold medal of the competition.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

After failing to get gold in four long, agonising days for British athletes, the Olympic rowing duo of Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have finally ended the home nation's medal drought and earned Team GB their first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics.

What makes this victory even more impressive for the two athletes is their inexperience; Glover had never even stepped foot into a rowing boat until 2008, while Stanning only rows part-time as an aside from her career as a Royal Artillery officer. By winning the gold, the duo have also made sporting history by being the first ever female Brits to take home the top medal in rowing.

Speaking after her victory, Glover said: "It shows if you work hard, you can do anything", with Stanning agreeing and claiming that she was both "shattered and ecstatic at the same time". The pair were up against  reigning world champions New Zealand and the two-time Olympic champions Romania, but dominated the race at a time of 7:27:13, ahead of Australia and New Zealand. 

Team GB's target amount of medals to earn during this Olympics is 48, one more than they achieved in 2008. They currently have managed to win 3 bronze, 2 silver and now 1 gold.

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