BBC One: Day 5: 11.30-13.00 Olympics


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

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every single newspaper in the every single newspaper in the

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country tomorrow. Now for the past five days we have

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

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

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here is why. They have been together for just

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

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

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

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

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

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Stopwatches at the ready, Beijing silver medallist Emma Pooley and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glover. We would also like you to send in

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

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So as you sit there watching athletes push themselves to the

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

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morning of absolute respect. One athlete who deserves the utmost

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

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

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

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Do you have to warm up psychologically as well as

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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we interviewed them after the heats there were asked about their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glover and Stanning. Unbeating throughout the World Cup series.

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

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

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

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

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Heather Stanning, Olympic experience, none. Helen Glover,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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nervous they are. Parents are seasoned professionals at being

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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experienced athletes than you. we are racing the two timing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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front they have the Olympic twice Olympic champions from Romania up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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wonderful job with them. Technically superb. They are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that the British rowing team have given Helen Glover and Heather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good luck to Captain Heather Stanning under par and Helen Glover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:24:52.:25:00.

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

:25:00.:25:05.

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

:25:05.:25:10.

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

:25:10.:25:13.

performance. You can tell when even the cynical television reporters

:25:13.:25:21.

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

:25:21.:25:29.

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

:25:29.:25:32.

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

:25:32.:25:42.
:25:42.:25:47.

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

:25:47.:25:52.

coming through your television screens and it is as infectious as

:25:53.:25:57.

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

:25:57.:26:02.

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

:26:02.:26:10.

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

:26:10.:26:20.
:26:20.:26:21.

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

:26:21.:26:27.

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

:26:27.:26:31.

the disappointment yesterday but this is wonderful. You are getting

:26:31.:26:35.

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

:26:35.:26:40.

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

:26:40.:26:45.

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

:26:45.:26:49.

that was all that mattered. Everybody can enjoy this moment

:26:49.:26:57.

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

:26:57.:27:00.

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

:27:00.:27:04.

that result. That is the legal high that is the

:27:04.:27:08.

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

:27:08.:27:12.

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

:27:12.:27:17.

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

:27:17.:27:21.

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

:27:21.:27:26.

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

:27:26.:27:31.

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

:27:31.:27:35.

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

:27:35.:27:40.

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

:27:40.:27:44.

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

:27:44.:27:48.

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

:27:48.:27:53.

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

:27:53.:27:56.

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

:27:56.:28:02.

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

:28:02.:28:07.

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

:28:07.:28:11.

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

:28:11.:28:16.

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

:28:16.:28:19.

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

:28:19.:28:26.

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

:28:26.:28:32.

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

:28:32.:28:37.

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

:28:37.:28:47.
:28:47.:28:52.

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

:28:52.:28:56.

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

:28:56.:29:01.

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

:29:01.:29:07.

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

:29:07.:29:10.

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

:29:11.:29:20.

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

:29:20.:29:23.

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

:29:23.:29:33.
:29:33.:29:36.

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

:29:36.:29:40.

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

:29:40.:29:45.

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

:29:45.:29:50.

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

:29:50.:29:57.

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

:29:57.:30:07.
:30:07.:30:16.

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

:30:16.:30:21.

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

:30:21.:30:27.

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

:30:27.:30:31.

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

:30:31.:30:35.

quality field. Already Great Britain slightly down. Half a

:30:35.:30:41.

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

:30:41.:30:50.

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

:30:50.:30:54.

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

:30:54.:31:01.

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

:31:01.:31:05.

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

:31:05.:31:09.

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

:31:09.:31:15.

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

:31:15.:31:22.

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

:31:22.:31:31.

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

:31:31.:31:37.

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

:31:37.:31:45.

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

:31:45.:31:50.

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

:31:50.:31:54.

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

:31:54.:32:02.

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

:32:02.:32:06.

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

:32:06.:32:11.

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

:32:11.:32:16.

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

:32:16.:32:20.

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

:32:21.:32:24.

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

:32:24.:32:29.

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

:32:29.:32:33.

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

:32:33.:32:39.

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

:32:39.:32:47.

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

:32:47.:32:50.

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

:32:50.:32:58.

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

:32:58.:33:08.

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

:33:08.:33:15.

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

:33:15.:33:25.

sustainability. Great Britain currently six. The crews have

:33:25.:33:30.

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

:33:30.:33:34.

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

:33:34.:33:38.

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

:33:38.:33:42.

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

:33:42.:33:49.

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

:33:49.:33:53.

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

:33:53.:33:58.

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

:33:58.:34:01.

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

:34:01.:34:05.

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

:34:05.:34:11.

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

:34:11.:34:15.

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

:34:15.:34:24.

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

:34:24.:34:33.

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

:34:33.:34:37.

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

:34:37.:34:41.

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

:34:41.:34:50.

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

:34:50.:34:54.

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

:34:54.:35:04.
:35:04.:35:17.

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

:35:17.:35:22.

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

:35:22.:35:25.

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

:35:25.:35:29.

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

:35:29.:35:34.

Ukraine. They were undefeated throughout the 2012 World Cup

:35:34.:35:37.

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

:35:37.:35:43.

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

:35:43.:35:51.

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

:35:51.:35:56.

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

:35:56.:36:00.

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

:36:00.:36:06.

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

:36:06.:36:10.

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

:36:10.:36:15.

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

:36:15.:36:21.

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

:36:21.:36:27.

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

:36:27.:36:32.

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

:36:32.:36:36.

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

:36:36.:36:41.

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

:36:41.:36:46.

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

:36:46.:36:51.

America, and here comes Great Britain, languishing in sixth

:36:51.:37:01.
:37:01.:37:05.

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

:37:05.:37:09.

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

:37:09.:37:14.

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

:37:14.:37:19.

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

:37:19.:37:24.

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

:37:24.:37:32.

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

:37:32.:37:36.

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

:37:36.:37:46.
:37:46.:37:57.

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

:37:57.:38:03.

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

:38:03.:38:09.

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

:38:09.:38:13.

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

:38:13.:38:18.

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

:38:18.:38:22.

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

:38:22.:38:26.

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

:38:26.:38:32.

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

:38:32.:38:37.

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

:38:38.:38:41.

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

:38:41.:38:44.

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

:38:44.:38:54.
:38:54.:38:56.

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

:38:56.:39:00.

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

:39:00.:39:03.

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

:39:04.:39:07.

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

:39:07.:39:14.

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

:39:14.:39:17.

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

:39:17.:39:21.

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

:39:21.:39:25.

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

:39:25.:39:29.

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

:39:29.:39:32.

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

:39:32.:39:40.

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

:39:40.:39:44.

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

:39:44.:39:48.

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

:39:48.:39:53.

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

:39:53.:39:57.

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

:39:57.:40:01.

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

:40:01.:40:05.

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

:40:05.:40:09.

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

:40:09.:40:13.

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

:40:13.:40:18.

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

:40:18.:40:22.

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

:40:22.:40:29.

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

:40:29.:40:32.

They were bitterly disappointed with their performance at the last

:40:32.:40:36.

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

:40:36.:40:40.

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

:40:40.:40:45.

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

:40:45.:40:49.

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

:40:49.:40:53.

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

:40:53.:40:56.

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

:40:56.:41:00.

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

:41:00.:41:05.

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

:41:05.:41:09.

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

:41:10.:41:15.

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

:41:15.:41:20.

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

:41:20.:41:26.

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

:41:26.:41:30.

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

:41:30.:41:35.

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

:41:35.:41:40.

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

:41:40.:41:45.

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

:41:45.:41:49.

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

:41:49.:41:54.

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

:41:54.:42:00.

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

:42:00.:42:05.

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

:42:05.:42:09.

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

:42:09.:42:14.

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

:42:14.:42:19.

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

:42:19.:42:23.

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

:42:23.:42:27.

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

:42:27.:42:36.

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

:42:36.:42:41.

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

:42:41.:42:45.

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

:42:45.:42:50.

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

:42:50.:42:57.

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

:42:57.:43:04.

treasurer of the International Rowing Federation. Denis Oswald, he

:43:04.:43:10.

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

:43:10.:43:19.

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

:43:19.:43:23.

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

:43:23.:43:27.

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

:43:27.:43:37.
:43:37.:43:40.

They really did not look like challenging the British pair this

:43:40.:43:50.

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

:43:50.:43:59.

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

:43:59.:44:07.

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

:44:07.:44:11.

Silver-medallists, representing Australia! The Australians will be

:44:11.:44:17.

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

:44:17.:44:27.
:44:27.:44:30.

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

:44:30.:44:40.
:44:40.:44:48.

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

:44:48.:44:53.

gentlemen, our new Olympic champions, not just for Great

:44:53.:44:59.

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

:44:59.:45:05.

that Great Britain have won the Olympic gold medal! Representing

:45:05.:45:15.
:45:15.:45:18.

There is no finer setting to represent your country on home

:45:18.:45:28.
:45:28.:45:28.

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

:45:28.:45:32.

Stanning! Heather Stanning from Lossiemouth, Helen Glover from

:45:33.:45:41.

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

:45:41.:45:46.

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

:45:47.:45:51.

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

:45:51.:45:57.

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

:45:57.:46:04.

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

:46:04.:46:14.
:46:14.:46:52.

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

:46:52.:46:56.

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

:46:56.:47:02.

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

:47:02.:47:12.
:47:12.:47:18.

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

:47:18.:47:22.

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

:47:22.:47:30.

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

:47:30.:47:40.
:47:40.:47:45.

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

:47:45.:47:50.

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

:47:50.:47:54.

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

:47:54.:47:59.

start an outstanding junior international and hockey player.

:47:59.:48:04.

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

:48:04.:48:07.

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

:48:07.:48:11.

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

:48:11.:48:14.

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

:48:14.:48:18.

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

:48:18.:48:20.

sport, inspirational figures for who knows how many people watching

:48:21.:48:26.

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

:48:26.:48:30.

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

:48:30.:48:35.

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

:48:35.:48:40.

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

:48:40.:48:45.

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

:48:45.:48:52.

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

:48:52.:48:57.

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

:48:57.:49:01.

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

:49:01.:49:06.

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

:49:06.:49:11.

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

:49:11.:49:15.

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

:49:15.:49:19.

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

:49:20.:49:29.
:49:30.:49:36.

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

:49:36.:49:41.

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

:49:41.:49:51.
:49:51.:49:51.

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

:49:51.:50:01.
:50:01.:50:11.

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

:50:12.:50:21.
:50:22.:50:29.

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

:50:29.:50:39.
:50:39.:50:39.

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

:50:39.:50:43.

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

:50:43.:50:48.

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

:50:48.:50:54.

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

:50:54.:51:04.
:51:04.:51:05.

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

:51:05.:51:11.

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

:51:11.:51:16.

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

:51:16.:51:24.

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

:51:24.:51:34.
:51:34.:51:37.

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

:51:37.:51:47.
:51:47.:51:54.

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

:51:54.:52:04.
:52:04.:52:05.

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

:52:05.:52:07.

position before and Germany were able to turn the screw after

:52:07.:52:14.

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

:52:14.:52:19.

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

:52:19.:52:24.

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

:52:25.:52:28.

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

:52:28.:52:33.

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

:52:33.:52:37.

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

:52:37.:52:42.

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

:52:42.:52:52.
:52:52.:52:53.

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

:52:53.:53:03.
:53:03.:53:14.

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

:53:14.:53:18.

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

:53:18.:53:25.

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

:53:25.:53:30.

Germans are being put under pressure by Great Britain. Here

:53:30.:53:36.

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

:53:36.:53:42.

Constantine Louloulis! Germany have never been put under this much

:53:42.:53:52.
:53:52.:54:04.

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

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

:54:11.:54:21.
:54:21.:54:21.

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

:54:21.:54:27.

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

:54:27.:54:32.

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

:54:32.:54:40.

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

:54:41.:54:47.

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

:54:47.:54:51.

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

:54:51.:54:56.

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

:54:56.:55:00.

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

:55:00.:55:08.

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

:55:08.:55:15.

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

:55:15.:55:24.

Great Britain. The Olympic champions coming into picture.

:55:24.:55:29.

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

:55:29.:55:34.

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

:55:34.:55:40.

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

:55:40.:55:45.

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

:55:45.:55:49.

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

:55:49.:55:55.

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

:55:55.:55:59.

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

:55:59.:56:06.

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

:56:06.:56:15.

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

:56:15.:56:20.

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

:56:20.:56:23.

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

:56:23.:56:27.

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

:56:27.:56:33.

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

:56:33.:56:37.

defending Olympic champions. Outstanding. 250 metres for the

:56:37.:56:42.

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

:56:43.:56:46.

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

:56:46.:56:51.

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

:56:51.:56:55.

disappointment with that bronze medal for Great Britain. At one

:56:55.:57:00.

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

:57:00.:57:05.

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

:57:05.:57:11.

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

:57:11.:57:17.

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

:57:17.:57:25.

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

:57:25.:57:29.

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

:57:30.:57:39.
:57:40.:57:40.

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

:57:40.:57:47.

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

:57:47.:57:54.

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

:57:54.:57:59.

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

:57:59.:58:08.

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

:58:08.:58:13.

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

:58:14.:58:17.

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

:58:17.:58:25.

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

:58:25.:58:29.

Olympic champions, Canada the silver medalists, and Great Britain

:58:29.:58:38.

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

:58:38.:58:43.

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

:58:43.:58:49.

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

:58:49.:58:52.

did not happen. It was an extraordinary performance by the

:58:52.:59:00.

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

:59:00.:59:04.

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

:59:04.:59:09.

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

:59:09.:59:12.

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

:59:12.:59:16.

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

:59:16.:59:20.

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

:59:20.:59:26.

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

:59:26.:59:30.

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

:59:30.:59:34.

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

:59:34.:59:38.

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

:59:38.:59:43.

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

:59:43.:59:46.

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

:59:46.:59:50.

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

:59:50.:59:53.

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

:59:53.:00:02.

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

:00:02.:00:10.

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

:00:10.:00:14.

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

:00:14.:00:18.

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

:00:18.:00:22.

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

:00:22.:00:25.

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

:00:25.:00:30.

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

:00:30.:00:34.

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

:00:34.:00:41.

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

:00:41.:00:46.

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

:00:46.:00:51.

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

:00:51.:00:56.

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

:00:56.:01:00.

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

:01:00.:01:07.

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

:01:08.:01:17.

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

:01:17.:01:22.

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

:01:22.:01:26.

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

:01:26.:01:29.

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

:01:29.:01:39.
:01:39.:01:42.

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

:01:42.:01:46.

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

:01:46.:01:50.

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

:01:50.:01:56.

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

:01:57.:02:00.

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

:02:00.:02:06.

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

:02:06.:02:16.
:02:16.:02:17.

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

:02:17.:02:21.

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

:02:21.:02:25.

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

:02:25.:02:32.

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

:02:32.:02:37.

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

:02:37.:02:41.

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

:02:41.:02:46.

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

:02:46.:02:50.

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

:02:50.:02:53.

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

:02:54.:02:59.

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

:02:59.:03:05.

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

:03:05.:03:07.

upbeat and encouraging them even when their form has been

:03:07.:03:17.

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

:03:17.:03:23.

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

:03:23.:03:32.

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

:03:33.:03:37.

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

:03:37.:03:42.

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

:03:42.:03:52.
:03:52.:03:54.

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

:03:54.:03:57.

think the Germans have deserved that victory. They have been

:03:57.:04:01.

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

:04:01.:04:09.

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

:04:09.:04:17.

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

:04:17.:04:24.

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

:04:24.:04:27.

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

:04:27.:04:31.

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

:04:31.:04:39.

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

:04:40.:04:44.

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

:04:44.:04:49.

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

:04:49.:04:52.

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

:04:52.:04:56.

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

:04:56.:05:00.

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

:05:00.:05:10.
:05:10.:05:12.

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

:05:12.:05:18.

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

:05:18.:05:21.

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

:05:21.:05:25.

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

:05:25.:05:29.

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

:05:29.:05:36.

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

:05:36.:05:42.

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

:05:42.:05:46.

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

:05:46.:05:49.

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

:05:49.:05:56.

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

:05:56.:06:02.

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

:06:02.:06:06.

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

:06:06.:06:11.

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

:06:11.:06:16.

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

:06:16.:06:21.

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

:06:21.:06:27.

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

:06:27.:06:31.

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

:06:31.:06:35.

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

:06:35.:06:39.

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

:06:39.:06:43.

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

:06:44.:06:49.

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

:06:49.:06:54.

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

:06:54.:07:00.

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

:07:00.:07:04.

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

:07:04.:07:08.

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

:07:09.:07:14.

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

:07:14.:07:22.

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

:07:22.:07:27.

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

:07:27.:07:33.

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

:07:33.:07:41.

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

:07:42.:07:48.

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

:07:48.:07:53.

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

:07:54.:07:57.

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

:07:57.:08:00.

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

:08:00.:08:06.

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

:08:06.:08:09.

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

:08:09.:08:14.

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

:08:14.:08:17.

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

:08:17.:08:22.

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

:08:22.:08:26.

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

:08:26.:08:30.

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

:08:30.:08:37.

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

:08:37.:08:45.

monumental disappointment as far as Having spoken after the heat and

:08:45.:08:48.

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

:08:48.:08:52.

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

:08:52.:08:56.

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

:08:56.:09:00.

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

:09:00.:09:07.

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

:09:07.:09:09.

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

:09:09.:09:13.

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

:09:13.:09:17.

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

:09:17.:09:21.

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

:09:21.:09:25.

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

:09:25.:09:29.

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

:09:29.:09:33.

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

:09:33.:09:39.

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

:09:39.:09:43.

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

:09:43.:09:49.

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

:09:49.:09:53.

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

:09:53.:09:57.

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

:09:57.:10:02.

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

:10:02.:10:08.

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

:10:08.:10:12.

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

:10:12.:10:18.

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

:10:18.:10:22.

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

:10:22.:10:24.

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

:10:24.:10:30.

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

:10:30.:10:35.

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

:10:35.:10:39.

incredible achievement from our British rowers. Now, attention

:10:39.:10:43.

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

:10:43.:10:47.

Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley, both already Olympics other

:10:47.:10:50.

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

:10:50.:10:56.

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

:10:56.:10:59.

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

:10:59.:11:08.

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

:11:08.:11:12.

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

:11:12.:11:17.

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

:11:17.:11:24.

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

:11:24.:11:27.

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

:11:27.:11:35.

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

:11:35.:11:39.

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

:11:39.:11:46.

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

:11:46.:11:52.

France goes second, 18 seconds slower than Pia Sundstedt of

:11:52.:11:58.

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

:11:58.:12:02.

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

:12:02.:12:06.

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

:12:06.:12:15.

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

:12:15.:12:18.

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

:12:18.:12:23.

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

:12:23.:12:27.

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

:12:27.:12:32.

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

:12:32.:12:39.

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

:12:39.:12:43.

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

:12:43.:12:47.

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

:12:47.:12:52.

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

:12:52.:12:56.

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

:12:56.:13:00.

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

:13:01.:13:06.

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

:13:06.:13:11.

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

:13:11.:13:16.

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

:13:16.:13:21.

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

:13:21.:13:27.

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

:13:27.:13:32.

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

:13:32.:13:36.

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

:13:36.:13:42.

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

:13:42.:13:46.

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

:13:46.:13:51.

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

:13:51.:13:56.

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

:13:56.:14:05.

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

:14:05.:14:11.

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

:14:11.:14:18.

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

:14:18.:14:25.

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

:14:25.:14:28.

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

:14:28.:14:34.

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

:14:34.:14:38.

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

:14:38.:14:43.

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

:14:43.:14:47.

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

:14:47.:14:52.

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

:14:52.:14:56.

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

:14:56.:15:01.

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

:15:01.:15:07.

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

:15:07.:15:15.

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

:15:15.:15:20.

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

:15:20.:15:25.

championships back in June. Faith in the world championships in

:15:25.:15:35.
:15:35.:15:39.

Copenhagen, 41 seconds short of Olympic champion and world champion

:15:39.:15:43.

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

:15:43.:15:48.

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

:15:48.:15:52.

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

:15:52.:15:57.

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

:15:57.:16:05.

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

:16:05.:16:08.

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

:16:08.:16:13.

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

:16:13.:16:17.

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

:16:17.:16:22.

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

:16:22.:16:26.

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

:16:26.:16:31.

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

:16:31.:16:36.

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

:16:36.:16:42.

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

:16:42.:16:47.

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

:16:47.:16:51.

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

:16:51.:16:57.

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

:16:57.:17:00.

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

:17:00.:17:04.

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

:17:04.:17:08.

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

:17:08.:17:13.

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

:17:13.:17:18.

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

:17:18.:17:22.

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

:17:22.:17:25.

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

:17:25.:17:32.

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

:17:32.:17:37.

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

:17:37.:17:47.

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

:17:47.:17:51.

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

:17:51.:17:56.

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

:17:56.:18:00.

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

:18:00.:18:05.

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

:18:05.:18:10.

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

:18:10.:18:15.

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

:18:15.:18:21.

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

:18:21.:18:27.

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

:18:27.:18:30.

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

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History could be made today at Eton Dorney as the first three finals take place. A win for the women's pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning would earn them the honour of being Britain's first-ever female rowing gold medallists. Greg Searle is looking for gold in the men's eight, twenty years after his epic win in Barcelona.

Rowing: 11.50 Women's pair final 12.10 Women's quadruple sculls final 12.30 Men's eight final

Rowing commentators: Garry Herbert Dan Topolski.


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