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know them but in 18 minutes time they could be on the front page of


every single newspaper in the every single newspaper in the


country tomorrow. Now for the past five days we have


been saying, is this the day that we are going to get a gold medal?


Well in the next 10 minutes, it we could see that gold rush start. And


here is why. They have been together for just


two years but Helen Glover and Heather Stanning could not only win


the first gold medal of the games for Great Britain but the first


rowing Olympic gold for British women. It has been 20 years since


Greg Searle won a gold medal in Barcelona. Youth and experience


line-up together with a good chance of a medal in the Men's Eight.


Stopwatches at the ready, Beijing silver medallist Emma Pooley and


Lizzie Armitstead take to the roads around Hampton Court in the women's


time-trial. And then the men take to the streets and Bradley Wiggins


is back on his bike. Can he cap of his astonishing achievement this


year? So a quick look at the year? So a quick look at the


timetable. Just minutes to go until the Women's Pair final. Helen


plover and Heather Stanning, we all just cannot wait for that. -- Helen


Glover. We would also like you to send in


your thoughts on what could be a medal-winning morning.


So as you sit there watching athletes push themselves to the


limit I'm sure your degree from a fitness perspective that this is a


morning of absolute respect. One athlete who deserves the utmost


respect is Steve Redgrave. He has been down at Eton Dorney all


morning. Rowling, it can be quite an uncomfortable sport to watch


because of the link the athletes go to. They really have to dig deep.


Do you have to warm up psychologically as well as


physically due to the lengths you have to push yourself still?


Journalists always want to talk about the pain that you have to go


to get two or her Olympic final. There is a lot of strain and stress.


But that is what they have been preparing for. Sometimes the first


race of the season hurts more than the last one. But mentally, the


training and the preparation, everyone can do that, it is how


mentally switched on you have to be for the race that counts. Helen and


her there, what will they be doing now? Will they be warming up


together? Getting that Bond? This is the easy bit. We saw them set


off for the warm-up 15 minutes ago. That is the easy bit, they practise


and practise and they know what needs to be done. It is the couple


of hours before that, waiting around for that moment. So they're


just going through a very practised routine. And then it becomes very


nervous. The bows are held in position and there's nothing else


you can do. Then the umpire starts going through the roll call and you


think, it is now. We have to produce it now. We have spoken at


length about them only been together for a couple of years. Do


you worry a little bit about their experience, but the situation may


just overtake them? I do not, actually. I'm relaxed about them


because they are putting across a very calm and relaxed image. When


we interviewed them after the heats there were asked about their


preparation. And they said the next race is the biggest of the season.


I thought no, it is the biggest race of your life! I nearly said


that but I thought no, do not add to the pressure! But they're very


calm and focused. In some ways not knowing what the Olympics is about,


that naivety can be a benefit. Well thank you for that in sight.


And we can talk about them at length, but they met up with


Matthew Pinsent to talk about their How was the heat? Brilliant. I am


done! I'm a pro-. -- pro. It has been a fantastic season for Helen


Glover and Stanning. Unbeating throughout the World Cup series.


They are stretching out. That looks so good. They are hearing the roars


today. It will be deafening come the Olympic final. It was. It was


great the crowd, the noise t atmosphere was brilliant and the


port was brilliant. When I read the guide book it says under your name,


Heather Stanning, Olympic experience, none. Helen Glover,


Olympic experience, none. Is that a good thing at this stage? Yes,


definitely. I think, I mean, we just love everything we are doing,


everything is new to us and we relish it but we are not


overwhelmed. We have a lot of experience in the squad that we


have been able to talk to people and take advice and everyone has


been really great at making sure the team is in the best place


possible. There is a lot of people who this is their first Olympics


and we won't be overwhelmed by it, we are here at home and want to


make the most of it. When you sit on start line does it cross your


mind your friends and family are down the other end of the track?


by then we are thinking about the boat, but getting up there it is


nice to know they are here and have the opportunity to watch us,


because they have supported us for the last couple of years, they


don't get to watch all our races live so it is lovely for them.


do thaw describe what they go through? They never let on how


nervous they are. Parents are seasoned professionals at being


parents. We can go and row, if we are nervous we know we can affect


the result. They have to sit there and watch, knowing how much it


means to us, so they are relieved when we cross the finish line.


Heather, you are make rowing look really quite easy, to make rowing


look as easy and smooth as you are is difficult to do. How do you do


it? It is an effort. She doesn't really try. She pulls me along.


from the bow seat. You are racing against and beating way more


experienced athletes than you. we are racing the two timing


Olympic champions and they hold the world best time and been doing it


for year, not to be overwhelmed by it but we embrace it and go, that


is what they are doing but we can try and do it better. How do you


handle the nerves? We to remember what a great year's training we


have had. We sit on the start line knowing there is nothing we could


have done better. Every sacrifice you have made and every training


session, every day for the last four years is going to come down to


seven minutes of your life, either going right or wrong, this seven


minutes for us, that is our definition of whether it was worth


it or not. With we are getting very close to that seven minutes of


their lives, so we will hand straight back to Eton Dorney. Can


glefr and Heather Stanning become lost John and Steve so we will hand


to Dan and Gary. The roar went out from the crowd. We are looking at


Australia in lane four, we had Great Britain in five. A big race


now for all of these guys, this is the Olympic final. New Zealand, the


World Champions find themselves in lane five. The next crew we will


see will be Germany, in lane number six. Romania, the defending Olympic


champions up in one. Tense, last moments. Nothing more now to do.


Apart from race. Under starters final chapter of what has been a


remarkable story is now under way. Seven minutes away from Olympic


history. We have Great Britain's Helen Glover, Heather Stanning in


lane three, alongside them, Australia, and the World Champions


from New Zealand are in five. But Great Britain have jumped out of


the starting gate. Romania in one, Romania are the defending Olympic


champion, we have the five time Olympic champion in the bow seat.


Great Britain, they mean business. It is game on. The. The Germans


have gone out fast in lane six. They have the early lead but I


don't expect them to hold that. Look. They are already stretching


out, Great Britain, looking fine. They are settling into their rhythm.


Middle of the race rhythm. A look across and they have moved out in


front they have the Olympic twice Olympic champions from Romania up


in lane one. Who are now back in fourth place but Great Britain,


doing what they have done for the last two years, just looking


fantastic. What they have done, look at that, already a length,


what they do so well and what they have learned in the last winter,


was to be flexible. To be able to respond to the attack that comes


right at the end and which caught them out last year at the World


Championships when New Zealand attacked them right at the end. But


this is fantastic. Look at them. is an exceptional start from Helen


Glover and Heather Stanning, Helen Glover from Minerva rowing club.


They are storm in the first quarter. It is absolutely wonderful to see.


So 500, the crowd down here have gone mad. They are now clear, there


is clear water on Great Britain as they head towards the record books


but right now that will be irrelevant, it is about dictating


and executing their plan. Already into the second 500 metres of this


2,000 metre race. They are looking as though they are strolling along,


it can't get better for them. are looking so settled, so focused.


Two-and-a-half years ago they were the spares in the British team.


They were the last choice and so they thought let us put them in a


pair and see how they go. They won a silver medal two years ago, they


won a silver medal last year, here they are on track to crown a


fantastic fairy tale story. Robin Williams is the guy responsible for


this, in 2010 they finished ninth at the first World Cup. He came


onboard and between the three of them, they have done Great Britain


so proud. Here they are now in the closing stages of what is a


magnificent fairytale, it can't get any better. They are tout a clenth


length of clear water. They have dominated. Now for them it is heads


up, a it is opening up all the time. Opening up. 1200 metres to glory.


200 metres to go, to become the first British women ever to win an


Olympic Gold in rowing, and perhaps Britain's first gold medal of these


Olympics. So Helen Glover in the bow seat, a word of confidence,


support there, keeping it settled for Heather Stanning, because she


is moving along really lovely here. They are setting a fantastic rhythm.


We have New Zealand the World Champions in lane number five.


Surely now the race is on for the silver medal. At the half way mark,


Great Britain lead by three- quarters of a clear lent, over the


World Champions, we are now into the third 500, there is less than


three-and-a-half minutes and these guys will be rowing into Olympic


history, we are right on the edge of our seats. You have New Zealand


at 37 strokes a minute. That is the way they like to race they can't


pain Tain that but Great Britain at 33 strokes a minute have the length,


the maturity and boat speed to respond, should New Zealand really


mount an attack. They can change gear, they will move on, and they


have got this sewn up. It looks fabulous. They were undefeated


through the 2012 World Cup campaign. They have come into this Olympic


regat with a huge benchmark. Look at that. It is stunning from Helen


Glover and Heather Stanning, here, they move away, and they move away


with some power and grace, and everybody now across the way, in


the stadiums and the grand stands are on their feet. The glaing flags


are going mad. Look at this. Robin Williams their coach he has done a


wonderful job with them. Technically superb. They are


letting that are boat travel between stroke, they have good lent,


good push through the middle of the stroke and they are going very fast


indeed. Coming up to the last timing mark, on the far side, look


at that, the cheer, the whole of the nation now, will lift this boat,


and drive it on, we are heading for our first ever gold medal, in the


women's rowing team and Great Britain and the whole of the


Olympic team will be watching this, urging the girls on, Great


Britain's glefr and Heather Stanning, are rowing towards the


line.. They are so accurate. Look at that. Perfect perfect co-


ordination. Just moving so well clear. So up to the 1500 metre mark.


500 metres remain. Surely they have got it in the bag. They have


annihilated New Zealand, this is the final of the women's coxless


pairs and the British crew can now look down, they can allow


themselves a smile, they know this project that started way back in


2010 is coming to fruition and in such style and grace. Helen Glover


and Stanning racing to the record books. They are looking back on the


feel. They know they have it. Not a smile yet but they know they have


got it. They can hear the crowds, New Zealand who beat them last year


by a whisker, just cannot do anything about it. They have gone


four lengths clear, the crowds are on their side, they have got, now


they can allow a smile. They surely must feel this is it, we have got


it, but that focus is there, they are in race mode, they have 250


metres to go. So 250 metre out from the line. They are going to win


Britain's first gold medal, are doing it in style. 200 up. Count


the strokes in, we have 20. Everybody on the far side are on


their feet here now. The race for silver is developing in the back


between USA and New Zealand, the crowd are roaring them again, 100


out. They are making history here at dorn, the last few strokes are


coming. There was a smile there. A quick look for the line. But there


Tay are. Long and strong. And they are just leading a very strong


field. The crowd on both sides now driving them there. And they can


smile as they come up to the line here, I wonder what is going


through their mind? "We are Olympic champions" the last five stroke,


Great Britain into the record books and such fabulously well done! They


have punched the air. Their shake their hands. Great Britain are the


Olympic champions and it couldn't go to two worthy women. Helen


Glover and Stanning, we stand up and we salute you, for the British


rowing team and for the country as whole.. This is tears in stuff. It


is only three years they started really getting together in the, in


a senior team, they have come through, a fantastic two years,


what a triumph for them, and it is Great Britain's first gold medal of


these Olympics. We are allowed in to share a very private moment here


on the world's public stage, and that is what it means, and we


salute also Robin Williams, the three of them here, and the support


that the British rowing team have given Helen Glover and Heather


Stanning, and ladies and gentlemen, that is what it is, that is what it


means to be Olympic champion. Now, they can smile, and the emotions


will just come home and ride through their bodies. They knew


they were the fastest crew here, we felt they would probably win it,


but, you know, you can never be sure. So Prince William and Prince


Harry in the stands here for this momentous day for the country, for


the sport, and for two young women, Glover, 25, Stanning, 27. And now,


it really is going to start to think about coming home. Dan, they


executed a plan that was faultless. Faultless. They have been doing


that all through the season. They have been unbeaten all through the


year, so you expected it, but this was just a supreme performance,


they will be on the front pages of every newspaper tomorrow morning.


They will be household names. And it is fantastic they have done this


with so, with such grace, such effectiveness. Look at that, look


how well they rowed together. Look at that sweet length. And look that


the happiness. There it S there it is! We are Olympic champions. A job


very well done. And on this day, Wednesday 1st August, 2012, it will


be a day that has changed two young women's lives forever. So there it


is. Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, Olympic champions here at Eton


Dorney, Australia get the silver, been waving at, it is all the


volunteers, the games makers in their purple outfits on the far


side. They have made everybody so welcome at Eton Dorney. They have


been saying a personal thank-you to them, from the first gold


medallists at the London 28 of Olympic Games. The people that have


been integral and made it so special. Nobody has enjoyed these


Games more than Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. They will be


paddling in to the pontoon in a few moments, not just as the first gold


medallists of the Games, but the first women to win an Olympic medal


in rowing. It is sensational. They turned up and did it in a style


that I did not expect. It was unbelievable. For British rowing,


for women's rowing in this country, that is absolutely outstanding.


Huge support from everybody around us, as you can hear. That is the


sports psychologist! Rowing is easy compared to being in Afghanistan,


in the army, so perhaps we should not be surprised. Heather Stanning


is so strong. A couple of very tough cookies. The will be getting


out of the water very shortly. -- they will. In terms of activating a


game-plan, they got out of the traps quick. It is better to be out


in front in rowing because you can see what opposition is doing. They


got a bigger and bigger lead. It is covering tactics. If you have got


to two lengths lead, do not push it because you do not want to be tired


out in the closing stages. But who am I to say that? Fantastic results,


fantastic scenes. The crowds are going nuts. Amazing. 30,000 people


just cheering to the rafters when they crossed the line. I am sure it


will take time to sink in. I will not say what they are going to say


for them. Why don't they say it themselves? The first British gold


medallists of the London 2012 Games, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.


With our greatest row of all time. Well done. It was a fantastic


performance. I don't need to ask you any questions, do I? Tell us


what is happening in that body of yours at the moment. I don't know.


It wants to go in to shut down but it cannot because it is too excited.


I am ecstatic and excited and I want to collapse but I am just so


overjoyed. I want to jump around. I am talking rubbish Now! We were


watching on this green and he was smiling with 250 to go. -- the


screen. You were smiling with 250 to go but we did not want to do


because you have not got it. I was probably grimace thing because I


never thought I had got it until we went through the line. You decided


that if you got out early then nobody could catch you and that is


what you did. You can see from all the races that we have done, we


have got ahead and pushed the margin and that is what we wanted


to do today. We did not give anything back. We wanted to keep


that same margin from all the World Cup's up until now. I could see


everybody behind me. They were getting smaller. They were behind


us. We have got a message for you from your colleagues in Afghanistan.


Put on those headphones. This is what they have got to say. Array!


Good luck to Captain Heather Stanning under par and Helen Glover


from the Royal Artillery Regiment. -- and her partner Helen Glover for


what is your message to them? you for the support. I know that


you are very far away but I am so proud to be associated with you.


Keep doing what you are doing and I will see you when you get home.


Four years ago you could never have imagined that four years later you


would be in this position. How many people are watching you now that


have never wrote and think that could be then in the Rio Games?


you work your heart, try your best, and anyone can do anything. -- if


you work hard. Enjoy the national anthem. Congratulations to our


first British gold medalists at London 2012. It was a great


performance. You can tell when even the cynical television reporters


lined up along here have all been applauding. And maybe its birds on


a women's quad on to great things in their final. -- it spurs on. An


outer Helen Skelton in the Olympic Park. I bet the atmosphere there


I hope you are enjoying the atmosphere at Ten. I hope it is


coming through your television screens and it is as infectious as


it is here. The crowd on their feet because that is Team GB's first


gold medal. I am standing in a ditch right now because Bay Hill is


so packed. They all have tickets to be here. They all wanted to sit


this. It is Team GB's first gold medal. I absolutely fantastic.


you glad to what it here among the crowd? Fantastic. We were here for


the disappointment yesterday but this is wonderful. You are getting


into the Olympic spirit. Fantastic, wonderful to be here. Are you going


to stay here all day? You are the good luck charm. We have got


handball this afternoon. Enjoy that. I don't think we will win that, but


that was all that mattered. Everybody can enjoy this moment


together. Union flags in the air, red, white and blue clothes being


thrown in the air. People at the Olympic Park of very pleased with


that result. That is the legal high that is the


Olympic gold medal! Let's look at this analytical objective bit. You


are at the start, your first Olympic Games, you are nervous but


there is a job to be done. You get out to a perfect start. It is about


being relaxed, it getting into your pace. You are not worried about


what anybody else is doing in that first 20 or 30 strokes. When they


first look round, after about 250 metres, and they see they are well


out in front, that is a great feeling. I have had it a couple of


times. They looked around and they kept on pushing. Through the first


500m, very comfortable. What looked very good was how relaxed and


smooth they were. My only concern was that they kept getting bigger


and bigger margins. All that comes into my mind is that you have to


put in a lot of energy to do that and that has to pay the price at


some board. Do you keep on pushing and dry up in the last few strokes?


With everybody charging past you? But they were placing it perfectly.


Matt was standing next to me and was saying that they won by five


seconds in Barcelona and they were going to beat it by much more. The


crowd, the emotion, they knew they were going to win and they were


cruising, in relative terms. You saw the motion. I thought they were


absolutely perfect. -- emotion. It is better to be in front than


coming from behind. As we always do on these occasions, we had the


camera on you and Matt. Thank you You were much more measured. We


were content. I am eight years older than him. I have got to pace


myself through the day. There are going to be lots of medals coming.


I have got to pace myself. men's eight is coming up at 12:30pm,


but if we go to the start we can see that they are waiting for us


already at the final of the women's quad. Four women, not expected to


medal, but maybe the feel-good factor that has been generated


throughout the day and has reached there, and been medals in that boat.


In the last 500m of the repechage they showed that they can do this,


they can turn their season around. It is a very big ask. Lots of


experience in this boat. Can they back up on that gold medal a few


moments ago with another place on the podium? This crowd is close to


the final of the women's quadrangle scull. Great Britain in lane number


one, and we raced 2,000m on the international scene here, but their


only focus is the first 500. They have got to jump out and attack the


first 500 if they are going to have any chance of living with this high


quality field. Already Great Britain slightly down. Half a


length down on Australia. To Australia in a number two. World


champions Germany in number four and China in number six. Great


Britain starting slowly here. saw that in the repechage. We


begged them to get out fast. They have let everybody go again. They


finished well. Look, they are right at the back. They had to be in the


pack here and they should have done everything possible just to be in a


hand. Now they have got to play catch-up. -- just to be in the hunt.


They will struggle just to get out of 6th place. They are really class,


the crew from Ukraine. There have been so dominant this season. Long


levers, long arms and legs, and already they are out in front.


first time in Mark, 1500 to go. Almost by a length, Ukraine. Great


Britain back in 6th, very worry only. It will be nearly impossible


for them to get back towards the front bench to challenge for the


top medals. We will have to wait until the end for Great Britain to


get back into the silver or bronze position possibly. We know they


have got a very good second 1,000m, but they have got to get to the


point to execute. They are fighting to stay in it, because they are on


the back foot now, not a great place to be. Great Britain were


dominant by Germany, pipped by China four years ago in Beijing.


They were expected to win that gold medal. Both China and Great Britain


are not the force that they were. Germany always strong in this event.


They put their best athletes into their top boat. They will be the


ones to challenge now for the medal. United States doing a very good job.


Latecomers, second last year, and they have got a very good chance of


repeating that here at the Olympics. But look at Ukraine, so elegant. So


long, so relaxed. Dementieva or needing this quadruple scull. She


has got a stunning river. -- Dementieva leading. It is all about


sustainability. Great Britain currently six. The crews have


started to stretch out over the course. Not looking good for


Frances Houghton, Beth Rodford, Melanie Wilson and Debbie Flood.


They knew that coming out of the repechage and into this final they


had to series to turn around the first 1000 and they have not done


that. -- seriously turn around. They will have to rely on an


explosive second 1,000m and I do not think we are going to get that.


Everything in perfect synchronicity from Ukraine. What is really lovely,


what used to be the problem with the Ukraine was that they would run


out of puff. They were not really physically totally prepared and


trade. They have put that right. They have added some good technique


and they look absolutely superb. One of the great crews of this


Olympiad. Being chased by Germany, slipping into second place. Great


Britain in 6th position. Great pick up of the stroke. They bury their


blade tips so quickly and connect that with the leg drive. That is


what connects the stroke. The legs, the Blades, holding on with the


arms. Finishing at the stroke with the arms at the end. Really quick


and really long. They are not having it all their own way. Here


come Jo May and the United States. really at the back. It all came


down to the first 500, they did not get into it. You have got to get


amongst it, and that gives you the confidence to get into a stunning


rhythm, which we are looking at right now from the crew from


Ukraine. They were undefeated throughout the 2012 World Cup


regattas, we had three around Europe, their won in such


impressive style, and they now skulk away, and they are sculling


two Olympic glory in the men's quadruple -- women's quadruple


sculls final. On the left, the Australians will have to fight hard


if they are going to come back into it. 200 from the line, 20 strokes


to go. Germany have got the edge and the United States of America.


Germany with their strongest at least 10 at boat, just beginning to


move a little bit further away from the United States. -- athletes in


that boat. Ukraine, dominant in this event for the year, the USA


with a creditable third. Great Britain, I'm afraid, not today.


They come past us in the commentary position, five strokes to the line,


Ukraine looking absolutely glorious. It is an Olympic gold medals for


them, they are the new Olympic champions, and rightly so, they


have had a fantastic 2012 season. Then Germany, the United States of


America, and here comes Great Britain, languishing in sixth


position, and they will be mightily season, and they are the worthy


winners of this than in their title. Being dominant or through the


season, it will not come as a surprise that they have won, but it


is relief and the excitement, of course, it is that it is an Olympic


gold medal, and that is just spectacular. Ukraine, what a great


result. Always enjoyable to watch, the emotions start to hit you, they


come at you like a train, really, up until the moment you get up


under the line it is focus on the Helen were a few moments ago, very


impressive performance. -- Heather. Ukraine have been as dominant as


our pair through the season, very similar situation. Our quad, very


disappointing, the quality of the girls, but it has not gone well all


season. I have got no reason why. I was hoping that the best they had


in the semi-final, sorry, the repechage, when they came blasting


in the last 500, that was going to be enough to put some more belief


into it, but unfortunately it was more like what they showed in the


rest of the season. Was there an option at some point to change


personnel in the boat? Once you have made a decision, are you


better off staying with what you have got? They have changed it a


few times from the First World Cup, they were unsettled. After Friday,


when they win their gold medal, hopefully we will say they could


have done both, but that was a slight sacrifice from their point


of view. I do not think that they were in the class of beating


Ukraine at any stage, but I know they are as good as the Americans.


Well, you know, the contrast in emotion in a very short space of


time, the euphoria of Helen and Heather, and we are having their


victory ceremony in just a few moments time, to the despair of


finishing last in a final and the efforts that has been put in is no


less to finish last than it is to finish first, but there is no


prizes for coming 6th, and you can see on the faces of Melanie Wilson


and Frances Houghton that a lot of work goes in for no reward at the


end of it. A lot of work, a lot of sacrifice, they will be absolutely


devastated, as well as the coaching staff as well. A lot of effort from


a lot of people, and when you do not reassure potential, it is hard


to take. Just before the next race, we are going to have the medal


ceremony in a few minutes' time, but that will run immediately into


the men's eight, the culmination of the programme today, so a quick


word about that. They have a medal opportunity, but let's not get


carried away, we are not predicting gold, are we? We cannot predict


gold, we can predict silver, that is the form they have shown through


the season, through the last two The Germans have been a class act.


They were bitterly disappointed with their performance at the last


Olympics and they have won every race they have been in. A bit like


the Ukraine in the quadruple sculls, Helen and Heather, they are the


dominant boat, but the gaps are not as big. It is a lot tighter,


anything can happen, but I think our guys will put everything on the


line. Hopefully they will be in contact in the first 500, that has


been their downside in the last few years. When they have raised the


Germans, they have let them get away and then charged back at them.


Even with this crowd, they will not charge passed the Germans. For some


reason, the women's quads are not the sum of the parts. The men's


eight and there cox, it is an extraordinarily cosmopolitan bunch,


Moe Sbihi, the first Muslim in the team, Phelan Hill, a former adviser


to the Treasury, Constantine Louloudis, 20 years old, Greg


Searle, 40 years old, 20 years on from Barcelona. It is like throwing


them up in the air, landing them in a boat, but it works. That is what


rowing is about in some ways. You could put the eight best rowers


into a boat, but it would not necessarily be the best boat. It is


a combination of personalities, but we are more interested in what is


going to happen in the next two minutes. Helen Glover, Heather


Stanning, and his said there was a dearth of gold medals? The papers


today, crisis, what crisis?! Britain languishing in 23rd place


in the medals table. We have still got the time trials at Hampton


Court over the next two or three hours, but in a few moments time,


on top of the podium will be Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, not


just our first gold-medallists at love but the first women ever to


win gold medals in rowing. I will leave the honour of describing this


Thank you, John. You are seen two people on the medal podium, but


three people are involved in this boat, and we really have to salute


Robin Williams, fantastic coach who brought this whole project to that


glorious, glorious conclusion. The medals will be handed out by Denis


Oswald, whom we just saw, the flowers by Michael Williams, the


treasurer of the International Rowing Federation. Denis Oswald, he


oversaw the whole preparation for London 2012. Bronze-medallists,


representing New Zealand! Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown, they just


could not live with the pace. champions last year, they beat the


British pair last year by a whisker. Fast-moving but not really smooth


They really did not look like challenging the British pair this


year. Nevertheless, an Olympic medal in a tough competition. But


their faces, particularly Rebecca Scown, LIT disappointment. -- the


life. New Zealand to the right of them, Australia to the left!


Silver-medallists, representing Australia! The Australians will be


mightily happy with that silver medal. This combination, third at


the World Championships last year. Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tate. Still,


though, the gap between the Olympic But here they are, ladies and


gentlemen, our new Olympic champions, not just for Great


Britain, but the first time in a rowing history for the British team


that Great Britain have won the Olympic gold medal! Representing


There is no finer setting to represent your country on home


water, and what a magnificent time now, Helen Glover... And Heather


Stanning! Heather Stanning from Lossiemouth, Helen Glover from


Penzance. That is what it means! And they turn, and they show the


medals to the crowd, and you are not going to get two more worthy


champions throughout the whole of this Olympic regatta. And it will


now hit them hard as they watch the flag going up. It has been a


magnificent project. It has been a breathtaking display, it has been


an incredible race. The national Thousands of people here at Eton


Dorney joining in with the national anthem, as the whole country is on


its feet, and we salute you, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, a


Olympic champions here at Eton Like the podium in 1992, a big


emotional moment. A can there be any better and in big games to hear


the national anthem and no that 99% of the crowds are right behind you?


British rowers are coming, and it tears Helen Glover has got to shed,


because she has been in floods for 50 minutes, but every tier is a


deserving one, a monumental achievement for her and had a poor


start an outstanding junior international and hockey player.


She decided she was going to do rowing four years ago, there she is


on the left with a gold medal around her neck. Heather Stanning


may be heading back to Afghanistan or who knows where, whatever next


posting in the army will be, but what a combination, what a pair


they have been, standard-bearers for women's rowing and women's


sport, inspirational figures for who knows how many people watching


at home on this Wednesday afternoon. When you talk about legacy, this is


one legacy is all about, watching the Rowan four years ago, thinking,


I want some of that, coming out and doing it. You were there four years


ago, you should have got back in the boat! With that run there, I


could go quite quick in a boat to Dave! -- crowd. How much of that in


the men's eight down at the start, 30,000 people singing the anthem,


the wind was against it, but they must have got a glimpse of that...


There is the cheer for them, they must have got a glimpse of that


from afar, so can we round off what has already been a history-making


day for British rowing here at Eton Dorney with another medal, and


could it perhaps the gold? This is always one of the great sights of


any Olympic Games, the final of the men's eight, and it is going to be


described by Garry Herbert and Dan undefeated in the men's eight. For


four years, since Beijing. Canada in lane five, the defending Olympic


champions. Australia in a number six, 4th at the World Championships


the men's eight. The next five and a half minutes will define the rest


Britain. They have to absolutely jammed with Germany. Canada have


gone. -- jump with Germany. Great Britain know that the first 250,


imperative that they get right into the race. They are there, in


amongst it all. A fantastic start for Constantine Louloulis in at the


stroke. The engine house that backs him up behind. Great Britain


practice this fast start. That has been no trouble. They knew that


they had to get out early to say that this great big kick at the end


would have no impact on the classy German boat. Constantine Louloulis


recovered from injury, first big race. Here he is on his own course,


built by Eton College, this is why he learned to -- where he learned


higher. A fabulous start for Great Britain. They are on track, chasing


hard. They are hounding Germany. Great Britain have been in this


position before and Germany were able to turn the screw after


halfway. Can Great Britain have the ability to keep this? They have


been rowing so well. They have got length and really lovely rhythm.


Can they do this at this time around in the Olympic final? They


came together as individuals but under the watchful eye of John West,


they have been moulded into the crew that we see today. Racing for


their country, but in their lives on the edge here. They are looking


good and long. Phelan Hill, 32, driving the British. Driving them


hard. Closest to us, Canada, the Olympic champions. But in amongst


it all, Moe Sbihi heat, Richard terrific position to push on. But


the Germans have got a tremendous change of beer, so can they make


that work for them? Into the third 500 now. There is no doubt that the


Germans are being put under pressure by Great Britain. Here


come the British now! We have got 800m remaining. Take them on now.


Constantine Louloulis! Germany have never been put under this much


pressure for this sustained length. fairy tale. Great Britain up there


on of the bowels of Germany, the World Champion, unbeaten this year.


-- the bows. It is all about sheer determination but the Germans have


responded. We are into the last 500m. This is the Olympic final and


there is nothing in it. Germany, Great Britain, Canada, this is


coming down to the wire. Greg Searle, for the great British men's


eight, if not now, when? This is your time! Germany have got all


that flexibility and experience but they are starting to edge away.


Great Britain have to put it all into the last 400m. If they are in


hell now, the pay will be excruciating, but they have got the


10th man in the boat. The 10th man is the crowd. Germany taking the


lead. 40 strokes a minute and moving away. What a challenge for


Great Britain. The Olympic champions coming into picture.


world champions are leading. Almost half a leg. The Germans responded


well to the charge of brick Britain. Watch out for Canada, the defending


Olympic champions. You have got to claw your way to the line. Great


Britain slipping back into bronze. Canada have just slipped past Great


Britain. Great Britain hanging on, hanging on to that bronze medal.


Germany are going to be the Olympic champions. Canada coming through.


And Great Britain into bronze medal position. Great Britain gets the


bronze medal but what a challenge. Germany so grateful to have got


home. They have maintained their unbroken record, Olympic champions.


A Germany have dominated for the last four years and there was a


moment in that race going through the halfway mark that Great Britain


had us on the edge of our seats. But it is bronze medal for the


British crew of today. We also have to take our hats off to Canada, the


defending Olympic champions. Outstanding. 250 metres for the


Canadians. How they flew past Great Britain. Great Britain looked like


they were absolutely certain of silver and just edging for gold.


Everything in the last 500m turned around. There will be huge


disappointment with that bronze medal for Great Britain. At one


point in the race, Phelan Hill will have called that they have hit the


front, and that was the point that they had to go again. But Germany


have been so dominant in this event over the last four years. They had


cool heads under pressure and they had the major charge at the end. In


the last 250 they lifted it up and they rowed away from the field.


Superb rowing. Not huge guys, but so well drilled and say well


disciplined. -- so well disciplined. It was brave, write to the last,


but they through so much into the first 1000, so much in their last


500, but they could not hang on to Germany. Our hearts really wanted


it but our heads said it could not be. Our hearts will be it and we


urged them, as 30,000 people at Eton Dorney did this afternoon.


British crew had the very difficult season. They had injury in the boat


right the way through. They were changing their order around a lot.


It was just the very last bit. Confirmation that Germany are the


Olympic champions, Canada the silver medalists, and Great Britain


get bronze today. They will be disappointed with that. That is the


scene of desolation and complete exhaustion in the British boat. At


1,500m, they took the lead. They thought it was the moment, but it


did not happen. It was an extraordinary performance by the


Germans to find it something extra. For Greg Searle, 20 years after


Barcelona, coming back from a moment of triumph two decades on


aged 40, it was not to be. But let's not belittle the fact that it


is a bronze medal in a hugely competitive price and they gave it


everything they could. They did everything that we wanted them to


do. We wanted them to be in a race in the first 500 and they were.


They took the lead in the first 1,000m but the Germans were able to


pull away. As the guys have been saying, they put everything online


for the gold medal. They could have taken silver but they put


everything on the line for gold. We thought they could do it at one


stage. The Germans are just behind us coming in. Hats off to them,


hugely impressive. Yes, it is bronze and they will be


disappointed. In some ways we are disappointed with the bronze medal.


They wanted the gold and they put everything on the line and they did


not care if it was silver, bronze, for, 5th or 6th, they wanted the


gold medal. The cox was saying that after the first race it had to get


out quickly. They thought the crowd would carry them home, but that was


not to be. If you put it in the context of any other race,


athletics, horse racing, you always feel that once somebody has been


overtaken when they have been leading for a long time, that is


when there is that shift in the balance of power. When Germany were


overtaken, we thought Britain had got them. So for Germany to find an


extra gear, mentally unbelievably strong. I was watching the pictures


of Germany. The three-man looked like he was spent at 1,000m. They


were halfway and he looked like he was gone. Our guys looked strong.


They hung in there and they sensed them going away. There is no better


feeling when you are in the boat, you are hurting, but moving away


from everybody else. I cannot say how proud I and, a brilliant effort.


-- I am. We will talk to them in a moment. It is at moments like this


that it is impossible to fast- forward yourself 20 years. You will


be watching the Olympic Games in 2032, thinking I got that bronze


medal. They will not be thinking that now, but that in 20 years that


is when the bride will be a reality. -- the pride to. The fact is that


they wanted that gold medal and they put everything on the line for


it. They have just come a little bit short. For a number of months


and years they will be struggling to cope with this performance. It


is the memories that they have got of what they have done that is


important thing. You can see Phelan Hill, just on his haunches with


Greg Searle. It is almost like being numb. You know that you are


in great nick. You are hoping for the biggest prize of all and when


it does not come, you do not know what to say and do. It is not just


the physical pain. It is the mental pain. You have build yourself up to


this and suddenly that release. People always say that you look


tired after the Olympics, it must have been physically hard. Yes, it


is, but it is the mental relief. It is all over. What you have been


building up to, the three years, dreaming of coming back into this


position and having this chance, it is taken away when that buzzer goes


and it is not you. Phelan Hill has been calling the shots the whole


time, the gel that binds the boat together. He has been relentlessly


upbeat and encouraging them even when their form has been


indifferent. And it Osmond of support from the crowd. -- an


acknowledgement. The men's eight is always one of the great sights at


any Olympic Games. It is just a great spectacle and it is even


better if you can come out at the end, but it was not to be.


Britain's three gold medals remain at 19 arete, 1912, 2000. We were


hoping this would be the 4th time. -- 1908. I hate to say it, but I


think the Germans have deserved that victory. They have been


fantastic for four years, and the way our guys made them when that


gold medal, they won. Hugely impressed with with the Germans.


But it is struggle and pain. Even the winners are not smiling because


of the pain they have gone through. The mental effort that was required,


everybody is trying to put themselves in that position, I am


sure. When they looked across at 1,500m and the British were ahead,


how dare they? It was about 1,000m when our guys went in front. It was


neck-and-neck as they went through that. It was the third 500 which is


always the crucial part. This was where I was having concerns. They


have put everything on the line, they have given everything, they


were hoping to hang onto it and the crowd was going to spur them on and


give them more energy. At this stage I thought quite a few boats


completely true. It has been fantastic, the whole three years


has been absolutely brilliant. Yeah, I mean, there are some good people


here, this amazing event, the Olympic Games, and I do not think


we could have given it any more. We said before the race that we wanted


to be able to look at ourselves and air and ask, did we give


everything? And I think we did. 1,500m, you went into the lead, did


you think, this could be it? Yeah, I did, I had an amazing rush of


adrenalin when Phelan Hill said, we are in the lead, he was sitting


level with the German stroke man, so I knew we had just got into the


lead, and I thought it could really come true. We raised, you know, we


raised hard from the start, and the crowd was just amazing. -- race.


But we did not have anything left, and I guess they came back in the


last bit. It is a bronze medal, but obviously wanted so much more than


that. Can you look at it rationally and say, we did the best we could


and we have got a medal, or is it just the sadness at not having


achieved your goal, the overriding emotion? I think, obviously, at the


moment you feel like you have failed. We went for the gold. When


it does not come off, you cannot help but feel like to have lost.


But I think it was different four years ago when we we did not put


ourselves in that place to win its, and that really Ed. Today we did


everything to go for gold and we did not make it, but the same race


again, I would still risk everyone for gold. We have lost silver, but


I do not care, we went for gold. That at least we can be proud of.


have got to come in, I know there are limits on time, but it is not a


failure. You did everything that everyone wanted you to do, you made


the Germans win that. You did not lose it, they went out and won it.


How are you feeling? Yeah, really... Really mixed emotions at the moment.


Like we fought so hard macro for it, and we were really bold, coming


through to of 50. That moment through there, we took the lead at


that point. Yeah, really taking this on, taking the risk. And then,


yeah, it was not quite enough. Listen, congratulations to all nine


of you, it was an epic struggle, and you came up short, but you gave


it everything you had. Thank you so much for talking to us, we have


been with you the whole way, the last two or three years, thank you


for being great guys to work with. Can I just say a really big thanks


to all the volunteers and the support here? It has been


absolutely fantastic, I have never seen so many messages of good luck,


seeing everyone who has made the effort to come out here. I think


that is really special, thanks. Listen, we have got to let you go,


I gather, but thank you very much indeed, many congratulations,


hopefully you will look at it and say, hey, we have all got gold,


bronze medals and you are proud of that. Obviously, you can see the


monumental disappointment as far as Having spoken after the heat and


the semi-final about being so determined to come away with the


gold, to make it the 4th time that a men's eight had managed to


achieve that, in the end, coming up short, but they gave it all I could.


We do have one gold medalled today from Helen Glover and Heather


Stanning, and before we hand back, it is an emotional moment, you know


the guy is so well, you have offered them advice and counselling


and stuff, and you have seen the younger ones develop as tremendous


athletes, it is an emotional moment when the goal that you have set


yourself you fall short of, because there is only one winner. Let's


talk about Helen and Heather, because their lives will never be


the same after today, will they? It is a grandiose thing to say, but it


is true. It is true, it is true, especially the way that the sport


is now in this country, that they are megastars, and the way they


have conducted themselves through the last two and a half years has


been absolutely immense. Absolutely fantastic. When I won the gold


medal in 1984, I knew all our medallists from the last six games


by name, and I thought, I'm in that boot. I came back, and it was not


like that. Now it is different, these people will be heroes, and


rightly so. Excellent, that is it from us at Eton Dorney for today.


It almost feels like we are ending on a Downer, but we shouldn't,


because the men's eight have won a heroic bronze medal, and on top of


the tree our first gold-medallists of London 2012. We can all


celebrate that, and hopefully we will have more for you over the


next few days, Matt. Come on, Bradley! What a morning at Eton


Dorney, I am sure you were standing screaming at the television, just


incredible achievement from our British rowers. Now, attention


turns to the time-trial, and we have two competitors going today,


Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley, both already Olympics other


medallists, but it is Marianne Vos of the Netherlands he was probably


the favourite here. Lizzie is shortly to be set in off, but let's


get over to Chris Boardman and Huw Porter, who can take us through the


static house is going to get a huge ovation, because it is Lizzie


Armitstead from Great Britain, who will be chasing down Ellen van Dijk.


Getting back to the split times at 9.1 kilometres, we have had four


riders through their at this stage, and the quickest is still Pia


Sundstedt of Finland, the only rider to have gone inside the 15


minute barrier. I think Ellen van Dijk will be better when she gets


there, she is the national time- trial champion, she was aggressive


in the road race, and I think she will be top five. Audrey Cordon of


France goes second, 18 seconds slower than Pia Sundstedt of


Finland. This is Lizzie Armitstead, the 23-year-old from Ockley in


Yorkshire were thrilled us all with that brilliant bike ride in the


road race, when she got the silver medal, chasing Marianne Vos all way


home to the line in the heady, rainy conditions. So she is not a


pure time trial, but she is very gutsy, and from the form I saw that


she has got in the road race, you never know, she could surprise.


think the former's there, but to be fair to Lizzie, she has done her


job. This is a bonus right for her, she could do without the pressure,


just go as hard as she can. She does not tend to win time-trials,


but she is generally top five or top 10 in the ones that she has


ridden this year. An aggressive start, she will ride as hard as she


can and see what she can get out of this experience. Of course, she is


very talented, multi-talented, a former world champion for team


pursuit, and she has been on the podium in the points raised and the


scratch race at world championships. -- race. She elected not to be part


of the squad, she wants to concentrate just on the road, and


that his testimony to the death and pedigree that she has. She is out


there now on the time-trial. That is the time for Tatiana Antoshina,


so in the early stages, Chris, it is Pia Sundstedt he was the only


one inside 15 minutes. Three seconds in it, all to play for


still at this stage. It is about pacing your effort over the full


distance here. The speed is comparatively low, I have to say, I


expected a little bit more than that. It is the flattest section of


the course, a mechanical there on a line, that is not going to help


your concentration. Eight more competitors to go, and this is Emma


Johansson. Now, Emma Johansson was second in the road race in Beijing.


She chose down Nicole Cooke in the sprint in knows very wet conditions.


She is also using a rather strange flying saucer shape of Helmut there.


Trying to spread the airflow over the shoulders. 14th, then, in the


road race, the time-trial I should say last year, and they are


handsome, to Judith Arndt, who went on to win the world title. -- in my


Johansson. A good ride in a road race at the weekend. She is always


there in the next, just 27 seconds back on the winner. You can look


out third Johansson today, very consistent, does well in the stage


races. We were making the point earlier that riding a stage race


time-trial is different to being prepared for this. That is Marianne


Vos, already with a gold medal in her pocket, thinking about number


two as we switch back to Amber Neben, the 37-year-old American.


Very good against the clock. She is an experienced competitor. We would


expect to see something from her in his race, she won the national


championships back in June. Faith in the world championships in


Copenhagen, 41 seconds short of Olympic champion and world champion


later, Kristin Armstrong. She has not had an ideal build-up, she has


been out with injury. Amber Neben finished very heavily on the road


race, slipped away at the end, saving her legs for this event.


Next to come into the starting house will be Emma Pooley, and she


is going to get a huge ovation from a very, very big crowd. She did


well in support of Lizzie Armitstead in the road event. If


this had been more hilly, I would have let down for a medal. I still


think she could podium, she has got the form, and riding in front of


her home crowd, who knows? She has reviewed this caused quite a lot,


actually. I was present on one occasion, they are really taking it


quite seriously. She would be more suited to a hilly course, but her


form is great, we saw that in the road race. Working hard on the flat,


not just on the climbs. We might get a glimpse of Lizzie Armitstead,


out on the course, but Emma Pooley, silver medal-winner in Beijing when


she chased home Kristin Armstrong, denied gold by 24 seconds because


of that long downhill from the summit of the circuit, down the


Expressway, that denied her the gold medal. On the flat, she will


easily be equal to the rest of the opposition. She has been the world


champion at this, and she also got the bronze medal in Copenhagen.


Emma Pooley SATs off and she will get a huge ovation all the way


around the course. -- sets also but we are hoping for a medal despite


the flat nature of the course. form is good, and that overrules


all. You can see that she is in great shape from a muscle


definition. Watching every move on the road race, clearly on form. She


has ridden these roads on several occasions. She has written these


roads with national coach Chris Newton. Now, here comes the new


leader, Olga Zabelinskaya, as we predicted, she has sliced a


previous -- a massive amount on the previous leaders time. We can look


to below 14 when the big stars of the time-trial arrive. The next


competitor that is going to start his Clara Hughes, 39 years of age,


and what a superstar she is. She got a bronze medal in the Olympic


Games in Atlanta and back in 1996, and of course Clara Hughes has been


a gold medal winner for the 5,000m on the speed skating discipline as


well, so she is a multi- talented athlete. Here she is, she was very


aggressive in the road race, and she did a lot of riding at the


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