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British Olympic Women’s Pair Wins Country’s First Gold Medal

August 01, 2012

British Olympic Women’s Pair Wins Country’s First Gold Medal

Heather Stanning, left, and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney in Windsor. Photographer: Harry How/Getty Images

Britain’s Olympic women’s pair won the country’s first gold medal of the 2012 games as Helen Glover and Heather Stanning led from the start of the rowing race.

Glover, 26, and Stanning 27, the first British women to win a rowing gold, traveled the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds, leading at each of the 500-meter marks. Australia finished 2.73 seconds back and New Zealand was third.

“I remember never ever ever thinking we’ve got this, until we got across the line, and then I thought we’ve got this,” Glover told the British Broadcasting Corp.

The U.S. pair was in fourth place, 0.2 second out of the medals.

Ukraine won the women’s quadruple sculls, beating Germany and the U.S. over the 2,000-meter course at Dorney Lake at Eton, outside London. Germany won the men’s eight event, with Canada second and Britain third.

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