Army captain Heather Stanning gives Team GB its first Olympic gold
Heather Stanning, a Captain in the Royal Artillery from Lossiemouth, Scotland, has taken Great Britain’s first gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games with partner Helen Glover after winning in the final of the women's pair rowing. The pair made history as they also became the first women rowers to win an Olympic gold medal for the UK.
Ending the UK's four-day wait for a gold medal the pair smashed the race with a time of 7:27.13 to loud cheers from an ecstatic crowd which included Prince William and Prince Harry on Wednesday. Australia took the silver medal and New Zealand the bronze at the capacity crowd event at Eton Dorney.
Stanning, 27, was cheered on by her parents Tim and Mary, who had travelled from their home in Lossiemouth to support their daughter.
She trained at RMA Sandhurst and in 2008 she was commissioned into the Royal Artillery before being released from Army duties to train full time.
Stanning and Glover, 26, had been installed as firm favourites to take the gold medal in the final after they came into the games as three-time gold medal winners at World Cup events.
The Royal Mail has revealed a stamp to mark Stanning and Glover's achievement is to be issued. It will be available from lunchtime on Thursday.
After the race Stanning said: "I'm absolutely shattered and ecstatic at the same time. I want to collapse I'm so overjoyed. We've got out ahead throughout the season and we wanted to do that today, and not give anything back. Helen was telling me to keep on going. Thanks for all the support in Afghanistan, I'm so proud to be associated with you."
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