Hurrah for the girls! Not only did the women’s pair win the first gold of the tournament for Great Britain, but Heather Stanning and Helen Glover are in fact, the first females to win a rowing gold in the Olympics – a fantastic achievement for the ladies who dominated the coxless pairs race from start to finish in front of 30,000 fans at Eton Dorney. Leading from start to finish, they were three-and-a-half seconds and three-quarters of a length clear at the halfway mark. By 1500m, they were five seconds clear.
Stanning said afterwards:“I’m shattered and ecstatic at the same time. In all our races this season, we’ve got out ahead and tried to stay there.”
Glover added: “It shows if you work hard, you can do anything. I really hope my story can be an inspiration for kids in PE watching this, or at home thinking about taking up a new sport. Just go on, go for it, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson also commented:“It is an outstanding achievement and I am sure it will spur on all our athletes in the medal stakes. It is fantastic – go Team GB.”
A tremendous victory for the whole team, if you want a job doing properly Great Britain, leave it to the girls.