BBC One: Day 7: 11.20-13.00 Olympics

BBC One: Day 7: 11.20-13.00

Matt Baker and John Inverdale present rowing action as medals are earned in the men's quadruple sculls, the men's pair, the women's double sculls and the men's single sculls.

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She has had a fantastic time. You will be busy with rowing. It will


be a very busy man -- busy morning, so get your tissues ready. We will


be focusing on events at Eton Dorney, and here is what coming up.


The men's pair has brought six This is the first British man squad


to reach the final. -- men's quad. Send your positive vibes down the


television at 12:10pm, and we will do our best to help Katherine


Grainger and Alan -- and a Watkins. Alan Campbell faces a tough


challenge. What a morning it is going to be down there. It is set


to be a very emotional morning with Rowe was planning to retire and


realise lifetime ambitions. They will be hoping to hear the national


anthem played at Eton Dorney, and the theme has been inspiring a


generation throughout the whole of Britain. If you are at home,


plotting to become Britain's next greatest Olympian, who is the story


of the man who currently holds that I always enjoyed athletics, 100m,


relays, then the head of the English department asked me if I


would like to try rowing. I went out once a week, and I would have


done anything to get out of scull in those days so I fell in love


with it. After a few weeks I started going down every day after


scull. It doesn't seem so long since I was doing it. You pull into


the car-park, and I feel I should be walking into the changing room.


After a few weeks he asked me if I would like to do a race. Never even


dreaming of thinking we could win, but we did go on and win that race,


and from that race on there was no looking back. That first season, we


entered seven events and we won all of them. The next season was not


quite as successful and I suppose when you start losing races, that


is when the competitive edge comes in. This is all the athletes that


have competed and won gold medals at the Olympic Games. I went to the


world championships in 1983 in Germany, and I wasn't ready for it.


I didn't get good results and that was a blessing in disguise in many


ways because this was a shot in the arm, you are not as good as you


think you are. I changed the way I trained to do more endurance work


and within nine months I became Olympic champion. The four men who


might be recognised in the folklore of this place. I can't say I am


very enamoured by the drawings but it is nice to half. I came down


with diabetes three years before Sydney and I was expected to be


told that was my rowing career over. I went and saw the specialist. He


turned round to me and said I don't see why you can't achieve your


dreams and compete in Sydney. Most people think it must be terrible


being diabetic - what happens when you come to race? Actually the


racing was the easy part of it. Gray Britain get the gold medal!


orderly you feel the pain. You don't really feel it with in the


race but you are gasping for breath. I remember thinking this really


hurts, and that will last about 10 minutes but you will be five times


Olympic champion for the rest of your life. If you would like to get


involved in Olympic sports, go to the BBC website for more


information. Here at is Steve and myself, nestling underneath the


umbrella as the rain comes down. The main talking point has been the


wind, which has meant the lanes have been redrawn. It is a few


minutes before the men's race. haven't had a very good season.


There are some talented men in that boat. They have had some results


which have given them the opportunity of thinking they could


opportunity of thinking they could do quite well. They could surprise


a couple of other competitors here, they could get a medal. I was just


looking at the flags, the redrawing of the lanes looks like it is


starting to change around. It looks like it could be a tail wind so


they could be on the right side of the lake. The interesting. No


possibility of a further redraw? they change quickly enough and


dramatically enough, I hope so because it is about having a fair


race. For the British competitors, this is there a moment and it is


the penultimate day of the rowing so we have only a day and a bit to


enjoy the dulcet tones of our commentators.


They have already made history get into this final but the journey is


far from over for Great Britain. Even lane number two, we are just


looking at the Estonian team. On the redraw, given the wind


conditions, Croatia and Germany find themselves in lanes 5 and 6.


We can't expect too much with the conditions here, but the fastest


are Croatia and Germany. Great Britain have to get into the first


five, and then anything is possible. Great Britain lagging behind there


in the first couple of strobes. In lane two. Australia three. Estonia


four. Croatia five. Unbeaten throughout the 2012 World Cup


season. The Germans are the world silver medallist, they sit in lane


six. Australia, as the mark, are the world champions. They have not


had a great time during the World Cup season, Noonan was unwell. He


has recovered now, but he did have to take two or three months out,


but, he is a great stroke. He is their inspiration, he is the guy


who will try to lead them on. Great Britain were slow off the start and


they are notoriously slow off the start. But they are in the hunt,


moving ahead of Poland, and up there alongside Australia, not a


bad position to be in. They are moving well. It is fantastic to see


a British quad here in an Olympic final. It is the first time we have


ever seen that and they are doing us proud. Nothing to lose.


Everything to gain. Great Britain in lane number two, we are coming


up towards the first timing mark, and it is going well for our


British boys, there they are. Top of the picture, one down. Germany


lead though, going through the mark. Great Britain currently in bronze


medal position. Listen to that. That is the crowd. That is the


fifth person in this boat for Great Britain. Looking now, though at


Germany in lane six. The world silver medallist. They are the


leaders, they have taken it on. They half a length on Croatia who


are the fastest crew in this event, or have been through the season.


Germany are very strong and they love this vent. Germany just feel


the Quad rum sculls, is what they were built for. They are big,


strong solid athletes and they are on the best lane. The breeze just


settling a bit in this middle thousand of the final, the British


though, two down from the top, going very well. Now the problem


here, the issue for Great Britain is really keeping it going. Keeping


their momentum, the breeze on the top will affect them slightly, but


they just maintain the belief, maintain the belief every troebg is


a stroke for a medal. The rain has flattened down the the wind a bit.


The water seems a bit better. Germany, look across there, from


the Bowman, from shuts, he will be anxious that Croatia doesn't start


to push on in the middle 1,000 here. It does look like Cray a sha are


challenging and pushing on. At the At the half way mark Germany


easings out Great Britain. Who are still in bronze medal. This is


going to go to the wire here. In the final of the men's heavyweight


quadruple sculls. Poland in one. Great Britain, in the bow seat.


These guys are sculling with such belief in their own ability, they


are coached by Mark Bags and there is none finer to take these four


young guys into an Olympic final, and towards and Olympic medal.


Australian Olympic crew have just moved ahead. The sthrail Januarys


have just moved ahead of Great Britain, pushed them back-in to


fourth. But they are leading the Olympic champions, from Poland.


They are leading Estonia, that has got them in fourth. And if they can


find something that works for them in the last five or 600 metres that


will be fantastic. They have half a length to CAB catch up on,


Australia. Croatia have to push on against Germany who are leading.


we come to the last quarter mark of this A final, all these quads now


starting to build up. They will come into this sprint, the Germans


now closest to us have gone, they have gone up to 38, 39 strokes per


minute. The British must go with them. Matt Wells, Tom soels bri


your time is now, the time to move. 500 metres remain,. Only 50 strokes


left. The British slipping down fifth. We need a rocket and we need


it now. Germany extend their lead. Croatia haven't been unbeaten. But


they have nowhere to go. They have a length, look at Germany go. That


is an extraordinary piece of rowing. They have moved a length-and-a-half


ahead. Australia come into third. They might catch Croatia. Croatia


suffering badly. The Australians in lane three sense their opportunity.


They sense that Croatia are fading. The Croatians in silver but Germany


looking very dominant out front here. Surely no-one can catch the


German, the British have got two 50 metres, 25 stroke, they have to do


something. They need a miracle. They need magic to get on to the


medal podium but, but outfront Germany are leading in such style.


And look at Croatia, really struggling. I think they will get


the silver medal. That will not satisfy them, but will be a


disappointment. But Australia quantative eased into third place.


Great scull from them and Great Britain back in fifth. Coming up to


the finishing line. Great Britain back in fifth place here and surely


one last push from the Aussie, Germany are the Olympic champions,


holding on there Croatia are the world silver medallists and


Australia get the bronze today. And Great Britain, well it was a brave


and valiant effort from the British boys but it was only fifth on the


day. That is what it means. They took it by the scruff of the neck.


Right from the early stages here, we knew the two fastest crews would


come from lane six and five. It seemed to me that Great Britain put


everything into that first thousand, and they had a brilliant rhythm


here, but you can just see that without taking anything away from


what has been an outstanding scull here, the British really struggled


in that third five, into that cross head breeze and it just took them


off the edge. But still an amazing, absolutely outstanding achievement


for the British crew. They came into the record books to come into


this final. A fifth place is something, when it boils down, is


it -- it is something they can be proud of. The crew behind them are


the Olympic champions twice, Poland, out there in lane six. So Germany


are the new Olympic champion, Croatia get the silver, Australia


the bronze and Great Britain are the bronze and Great Britain are


fifth today. Knowing those guys they won't regard it as a success


to get the final. They will have be hoping for more than that. That is


when in the cold light of day you have to rationalise what you have


achieve and banish the disappointment you will experience.


At this stage you have put everything in to trying to win, get


a medal, and they are done everything right so far, getting


into the final. This the realisation of what it is. It is


not until hours later days later or weeks later you think fifth place,


what they have done this season is an excellent result. Matt wells in


the stroke position, absolutely out on his feet, but just exhausted,


there was nothing more they could have done. That is what you want.


You don't want to sit back in your arm chair and say, I was there, if


we had just done this, think this and think you might have done it.


They have laid it on the line, and you can't, you can't complain with


that. I suppose it is harder, because of the success that is


almost running through the whole British rowing team, you almost


worry about where you are in the pecking order. There is going to be,


we hope, more than one team of gold medallist, we have a silver medal


already. There will be others between now and close of play


tomorrow. You almost don't want to be in the relegation zone


effectively of what is an unbelievably successful squad. But


you are not. You got a final. 13 boats in 13 finals out of 14.


That is incredible. The reality is, is that of really sort of, of


syncing in. We had one or two boats that may have pinched it in my day,


you didn't want to be don with them, you wanted to be with the other


best crews. Now even is looking at Great Britain. David Tanner, was


talking with pride earlier none the programme, about what a fantastic


games these have been, but the icing on the cake would be if


Katherine Grainger was to win her first Olympic gold medal to go with


her three silvers. Matthew Pinsent saw the two girls get into their


boat a few moments ago. So, this is a stressful moment for all of us


because the women's double scull of Grainger and Watkins are taking to


the water. It is very difficult for me to sum up how I feel and harder


for me to sum up how they feel. Their heart will be beating. They


have had a quick, brief chat with their coach, Paul Thomson, who just


finished with shoulder shake, I guess you call it, a friendly shake


on the shoulder. And out they go on to the water. Katherine Grainger


was delighted with her silver in Sydney. Slightly less delighted


with silver in Athens. And absolutely distraught with a silver


medal in Beijing. If we could pick one boat out of the whole goodbye


regatta that was going to win, we would all pick this one. If willing


if such a thing exists if willing was an Olympic sport 30,000 people


round here would be Olympic gold medallists, everybody is willing


her and Anna to be victorious. is not just our country that wants


them to win, that round the boat house other countries, they all


want her to win. I heard a great story from a spectator who said I


want to tell you a Katherine Grainger story. I said go on. She


said her niece had written to her to try and get a signed photo of


her and out of blue she doesn't live that far away from here, out


of the blue one evening Catherine turned up, unannounced at their


house, with a picture of herself, and you know, and obviously as she


was there they could take a picture any way and this little girl was, I


think she said she was ten or 11, couldn't believe somebody could


take that time, randomly and do that, because that is the kind of


person he is. That is why she is loved by everybody, not just our


country but others, there was a lot of people that would like to be


here today, because of this race. If we talk about Catherine's career,


you know, the first silver medal she won in Sydney, because of the


way we the media are presenting this, it is almost as though she


was favourite three times and every time it has been snatched from hem


her, but that is distorting the truth. The silver medal in Sid thi


was unexpected. She came into the crew quite late. We had never won a


women's medal before, so that of that was a silver medal of joy.


Four years later she was in the pair, and they were World Champions,


the year before, but weren't the favourites going into it. So that


silver medal was a half smile. The big disappoint. Was four years ago


in Beijing that, was the sort of the crowning moment. There was


going to be the time that Great Britain won their first gold medal


gold medal. Catherine was going to be it and that didn't happen. That


was the agony. Would she continue for another four years? That is why


we are here for this moment in half an hour. One of her former crew


mates has been talking to Matthew. In is the public stand, home of the


Dorney roar as it has become known in the last few day, joining that


roar today Olympic silver medallist from Athens 2004 and most


importantly, Katherine Grainger's partner in the pair Kath Bishop,


how are you feeling? I am really excited. Feeling good. What kind of


attributes, you know Herbert, does she have? She is a real racer, she


is calm under pressure, she will relish the opportunity to get out


there and race today in front of a home crowd. She loves saving her


best for a day like today. Even asks me, do you miss it, do you


want to be out there? Ofrpblgts a day like today you can kind of


think it would be nice, but as the nerves build it seems less


appealing, in the winter absolutely not. What does she go through, what


is she like in the bill up to a race? She is really calm. She will


retain her sense of humour, there will be little thing, I remember


before the races we would have chats and laugh about small mundane


things that were happening round us, she will be doing her usual pattern.


She doesn't change at all. Very calm. He is going to do it?


Absolutely will -- absolutely I have total faith.. You have one of


the best seats in the house. That is the view they get. That the


finishing line. On the the other side is us. We have three finals to


come. Alan Campbell in the single scull, ath and -- Kath and Anna are


due to be on the water in 26 minutes type. Before that we have


the men's pair. This has come out of left field. We have a medal


opportunity in a few moments time. I didn't dream we would have a pair,


when Andy and Pete stepped out and went back into the four. I didn't


think anybody would be able to fill their shoes, and these guys have, I


have been trying to get into the team for a couple of years and made


it in, got put into the air. Sort of a poisoned chalice, you in the


pair, if you make a final it will be fantastic. Tay have won their


semifinal, they have a great opportunity. Let us be realistic,


the New Zealand pair here, probably could start I mean, exaggerating


but they could almost start half an hour after every body else. I think


everyone else is racing for the silver and bronze, but our guys,


even if they came sixth it would be fantastic if they can take any


place it would be amazing. If there is one you what is Jo outstanding,


the single most in the entire regatta and everybody knows barring


some calamity happening and the boat breaking in half they are


going to win the gold, if you accept that and almost put them out


of the equation, how do you race as You race to get your best position.


Everyone will harm their own tactics to come second, or third.


Then you think if they don't perform, we will pick up the pieces.


If for whatever reason it doesn't go well - they have had food


poisoning before a major championships, and in many cases it


is the ago to excuse! But they are the favourites, New Zealand should


win. Occur only consider this a five-horse race? Basically, but


they have been in their own zone. They have gone faster in a pair


then I have ever gone in a pair, then repeated that in the semi-


final. They will be buzzing. If they can come fifth, that would be


amazing, but they are just going to go as fast as they can and if that


brings a silver medal, all well and good. We have just seen a banner


saying you do the rowing, we will make the noise. That is across the


Union Jack flag, and that is the role that 30,000 people at Eton


Dorney have been playing over the last six days. These people don't


have a seat, they're just on the riverbank. I don't know how much it


is to get in and stand here. much did you pay? Do you know, I


pay with my life. If it is not that much money, I don't suppose it is,


it is great to be part of this. these tickets could be sold three


times over. For the first 1,500m you're almost can't see anything,


and you wonder if they could have extended the grandstand. There was


talk about putting it in the start area, but there is the issue of


getting people into the venue and that is the biggest problem. Health


and safety, I suppose. Advice to two young men, 22 and 23, who could


never have imagined this - what would your last piece of advice be?


They have been dreaming of this and now this is their opportunity.


Throw within yourselves, Dick deep, and give it your best shot. Enjoy


and give it your best shot. Enjoy it. This is the race where their


dream come true. If they win, his grandfather has promised to come


and give us a kiss. You are nearer to the steps, so you will get it


the tranquillity of the start. The crowd welcoming Great Britain in


lane five. George Nash and Williams orders. This is the final of the


men's coxless pair. They could make a little bit of history for


themselves today. The lanes have been redrawn, Great Britain find


position. They are suthing in third place, they have got a good lane,


redrawing of the lanes has given them something pretty good to work


with. No-one is going to beat this outstanding New Zealand pair who


are the best boat in this whole Olympic regatta, but Great Britain


how they have come on. George Nash at stroke, rowed for Cambridge two


years ago, and he was in a pair last year with another roar and


they won the with Constantine Louloudis.. They have a chance of a


medal. Early race leaders France. They were 13th in the coxless four


at the World Championships last year. Here they are, leading the


world at the Olympic final at 500 metres gone now. The British are


just in among the pack. France leading against that New Zealand in


second. Expect the Kiwis in the all black strip the move on. They will


be unfazed going through in second. The British are sandwiched between


France, New Zealand in six, they are got to just keep ahead of where


that they are. They can't go back any further because they will get


the puddles coming from the blades on both sides. It is important they


consolidate this second 500 metres, that will give them all the


through, moving, making it look effortless and was 750 metres mark.


A simple start, just laid out beautifully, but France has really


taken it on. Great Britain have won their semi-final, that was a


fantastic performance a couple of days ago. Their big rivals are


Italy and Canada. Canada are the Olympic silver medallist. In lane


two they are at a disadvantage with the wind the way it is, but New


Zealand are the best crew - outstanding. Expect them to extend


their lead in the second half of this race. This is what they have


worked for. New Zealand, as expected, go through leading by a


length over France, which would be the surprise second place. Great


Britain moving into third. They had to consolidate this. I think they


can catch the French. They were 13th last year in the coxless four.


They have been flying out in the first half. Great Britain have


really got to get it together and believes the silver medal is a


there's. Out front, nobody will catch the New Zealanders. Looker


than go! They make it look so easy. They are out of the picture now,


that trail in the water is them. In 500m, they have taken for lengths


elegant. New Zealand are going towards their gold medal in the


men's heavyweight coxless pair. Great Britain are currently in


third place. The Italians love a fight in the second half, and they


are bringing the race now to Great Britain. We have 500m remaining in


his final of the men's coxless pair, Great Britain moving up into the


silver medal position. This is going to be a fight to the line for


the British, because France are hanging in there and the Italians


have raised their game. They are coming back at the British crew,


and bringing the French with them. This is the fight for the silver


medal now. Out of the right, that New Zealand crew. Surely they have


done enough to make it a clean sweep through this alone be gales.


Let's get back to the race. That is the race for the silver medal, and


now they are moving in. It is a wall of noise on both sides with


250 metres. Great Britain have got to go now for the medal. France are


still hanging on, Italy fighting back, look Great Britain have the


advantage of that lane. They are slipping back as sons push on again.


New Zealand will get gold, we know that, but who will get the silver


medal? The great British crew pushing hard. France have just


squeezed out, and Great Britain moving beautifully for third place.


Up to the line, the Olympic champions making it a clean sweep.


This is a fight for the silver medal right on the line, and it is


France who get the silver medal, and Great Britain get a well


deserved bronze medal. They had a great middle 1000, but it was the


experience of the French who were able to hold on, but we salute New


Zealand. They came out of the four from Beijing in 2008. Perhaps we


are seeing a moment of passing on here because New Zealand have done


everything and Great Britain will be the crew to watch in the next


four years on the rowed to Rio. Words between the old and the Neil.


The sensational finish for Great Britain. The French! For the French


were amazing. They took it and fought back against the British, it


was an extraordinary performance. For these boys, a bronze medal.


That is what it means, and a wonderful combination of George


Nash and William Satch. Make a note of those named because for the next


four years, they will rise, and they will be the stars of the


was a fantastic performance, let's not overlook the New Zealanders.


Everybody said this was the biggest certainty of the entire eight days


of competition, and so it has been. They have delivered, they are an


outstanding pair. Yes, they were favourites going into the last


Olympic Games in their four and produced a dreadful performance.


The New Zealand team were favourites going in to win most of


the medals and didn't perform well. Since then, they have taken it by


the scruff of the neck and now they have an Olympic gold medal. May be


these boys will emulate that in years to come. As I said on the


first day, I remember meeting William Satch's grandfather here on


the riverbanks six years ago, and he came up to me and said my


grandson is competing here and in a few years he will be in the Olympic


Games. Lo and behold, that happened, and not only in the Olympic Games,


but tears on the podium. If you are watching at home, and you have a


child of 15, 16, it can be them in a few years. I have just had the


Kiwis jumping on my back as they walked over, congratulating them. I


don't know if George Nash knew what was going on here because they were


You are George's mum, Stech dad here, tell me how you are feeling.


Very proud. And quite relieved that it is all over! Extraordinary


amount of emotion for you during that race, did you think they could


win a medal? Yes, I did, actually, I was confident they stood a good


chance of bronze macro. How were you doing that race? I'll always


calm, as you know! You are known to cry, but I cried through the whole


bloody race! What about when they came past? I was sitting next to


Charles Wigan, who one a bronze back in Moscow, and he thought they


might get silver, but it was so close, 22 at 23 years of age, they


were not expected. Steve pointed out that they were very much a la


boat, and they have come away with an alleged egg bronze medal. Well


done, congratulations do both. Here are Britain's latest medallists at


London 2012, how could does that sound? Pretty good, yeah! I cannot


really believe it. Six months ago, I do not know about George, but I


did not even think I would be coming here as a spare. We seemed


to turn it on on the day, George likes a race, so he took the first


kilometre. I think I should probably keep talking to you! Get


your breath back, George. Talk us through the race, because the


French went out big, and then there was the inevitability of the New


Zealanders winning, so from 1,000 onwards, how did you view the race?


I think our plan from the beginning, when we spoke to Christiane, we


knew the key words were fast, everyone knows that, the best boat


in the Alan ex. We just wanted to keep it simple, and we did. I think


we tended on in the second half. We kept it simple, raw, basic. I have


got all the confidence in the world in him. I am a bit worried that you


are not out of breath at all, you must have done all work! Just


unreal. Last question, I must ask you this, we have mentioned it a


couple of times, I sat the Gestede father six years ago, he said, my


son is a rower, he will be in the Olympics in four years' time, and


it has happened! Yes, stuck to the plan. Some people might never make


it, but finding it fun, I have really liked it at the club,


university, plugging away at something that I wanted to do. It


feels like a dream has come true today, so I am pretty happy. George,


go and have a lie-down, fantastic, well done.


Teague moving, don't lie down! How good was that? I cannot say.


they the future? Without a doubt. Will is a big guy, he could row in


any of the boats, really solid. I was a little bit concerned in the


last 250 metres, you can see how George is tired, the boat was


coming over the buoys, and I was concerned they would go out of the


lane. They could have been disqualified. Luckily, New Zealand


had gone, so they were not interfering with anybody. Amazing


performance, absolutely fantastic goal one we did not expect. One we


do expect is coming up in 6 1/2 minutes' time, the women's double


scull. We are trying desperately hard to take emotion out of this,


because there's no room for sympathy in sport, you win or you


lose, and Kath Grainger knows that only too well after three silver


medals in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Her story, six minutes


away from her date with destiny, told by the people who know her


Katherine has always been, even when we were little kids,


determined and sporty. She has always had a passion for winning,


doing her best. When it is about taking part for us, she is


definitely the opposite. From a very early age, when we were just


googling around in college boats, she was incredibly determined and


very focused, and she did not take failure very well either. It is a


cliche to say that an athlete is passionate, but Katherine


absolutely loves racing, she just loves doing the sport and raising


people and seeing what she can get out of it. -- racing. The story


goes she was walking through the street one day at one of the


freshers Fairs, and a guy said, You are the right build for rowing, and


she did. We decided that she was going to be able to row, that she


would be a great asset, and we kind of taught her to row, really, how


to move a boat. In silver Place, Britain! We got it! The three


silvers are the headline, but people forget the joy of the first


one, Sydney was not expected, and she was as high as a kite, and


deservedly so. It was the first women's medal for GB, and when they


went to Athens, they thought they would medal but they were not sure


of the competition. To go silver again, they say they are the happy


We thought they were going to do it, we really did. It was almost like


it was a dead cert, and that is a lot of pressure, I think, for


incredible amount our speed, this surely cannot be happening! Just in


that last 400m, you just felt sick, it was awful. It is China for the


gold medal, another silver for Great Britain. At the


disappointment for Great Britain, and also for Katherine Grainger.


99.9% of the rowers in the world would give their right arm to the


Anna Olympic medallists, but you after the amount of pressure that


she had at Beijing, that this time round, maybe because of her age or


whatever, things would not be so hot, but she is it, she is the one


everyone is watching. I think when you see them, they have different


strengths. I think when times get tough, they pull together, and it


is a really nice relationship, they are like a family unit. They spend


so much time together. I really want her to have the fairy-tale


ending. It isn't my interest, too, to make that happen! -- be it is in


my interest, too. She is the best rower never to have won 8 gold


medal. I don't want that to carry We keep talking about Katherine


Grainger as if she is the only person in the boat, but Anna


Watkins, I'm sure that refers to her. You do the rowing, we will


make the noise. What does that say? Love, tickle monster, slightly


obscured by one of the gamesmakers. I am not sure what that means.


Analytically, let's talk about the race, tactics. Tactics is do what


you have been doing all season, last season and the season before.


They do not have to do anything special, they have just got to


produce what they produce all the time. I was with them last week and


we were talking about it and saying, what you want to do is just produce


a good result, you don't have to do what you did four years ago, worry


about the other boats. Do your thing, you are not going to lose.


And they know that. They want to have a good race, they want to do


this in style. Is it about being aggressive from the word go, or


controlled? They are fast starters, they like to be out in the league.


Their main opposition is the Australians. The girl in the bow


seat is in the single sculls final tomorrow, she has had a lot of


races to get here, and that will not play on her mind too much,


because this is the final that they think they can win, the Australians.


But the Australians were very strong in the middle of the race


when they raised last, and I just cannot say anything happen other


than Great Britain winning. -- spoken about so much before the


Games began, and when you think of the marquee names for London's oh


in the build up, Bradley Wiggins has delivered, Chris Hoy, Jessica


Ennis has not after a fantastic start in the Olympic Stadium this


morning, now Katherine Grainger, it is overdue, Dan and Gary. -- over


to you. You join as with Poland in lane


three, New Zealand will be in lane number of four. I will let the


Katherine Grainger as long and established career, she leaves the


start-line in an Olympic final, her life to be defined in the next 6


British crew are off nice and quick. They are out and leading! They are


leading, and it is the Australians next to them in six who are their


biggest threat. Kim Crow must start feeling it in the legs, she is


doubling up, she is in the single sculls as well. She raced yesterday


in the semi-finals, it is hard to keep focusing on these races, but


mentally I think probably now she is thinking are silver. But


Katherine Grainger, she has to be the favourite, stay long, stay


relaxed, stay focused and just enjoy this, because you shall the


Queen! Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley of Australia tracking hard now. The


rate, if you look at Great Britain 1 up from the bottom, taking a


number of strokes, a little bit more than the Australian crew. The


Australian crew have settled, but this is the Great Britain crew on a


mission. What Great Britain wants to do is take the legs out of the


Australians as much as they can. They know that Kim Crow has had


three races already. Already through the first quarter, listen


to the crowd! Taking them through that 500m mark, Great Britain from


Australia, Poland in third place. It is a steely look of


determination, a little cool from Anna Watkins, such a fantastic


combination, they are friends, they are team-mates, and right now they


are sharing a huge destiny. Great Britain leading, Australia's second.


At it is a dream partnership, a dream partnership, they have been


so dominant, unbeaten since they got together two years ago, but


Australia are putting up a very good defence, Australia hanging on,


half a length down, but I would see the second half Robinho, where the


British double will really start to work. This is the one where they


want to show the world what they can do, and they will fly from


1,000m on. I impressed by the way that the Australians are holding on.


-- I am impressed. Looking good for the British double scull, look at


that, not to be crossed. Katherine Grainger, Anna Watkins have eased


out, they are up two thirds of a length over Australia. Surely now


we are down to two boats in his final, chasing the gold medal. We


cannot and will not for allow ourselves to discount Australia,


but it is Great Britain and Australia moving away now. Look at


Australia, the disconnect as Kim Crow goes in before her stroke, you


see? She is taking the work early, and that is going to hurt over the


next 1,000m. Look at the Great Britain double, perfect timing.


are through the halfway mark now in the final of the women's double


sculls, two-thirds of a length, Great Britain over Australia. Only


1,000m now left in his final for the British to just move on, cool,


calm heads here from the British double, Katherine Grainger in the


stroke seat, backed up by such a phenomenal athlete, Anna Watkins,


29 years of age. Katherine Grainger from St Andrews Boat Club, six


world rowing championship gold medals, it is all irrelevant now as


Great Britain mot about for the length! If they can break free now,


they are away! Two strokes a minute lower than Australia and they are


stretching their lead. They are staying long, staying relaxed, that


is really the key. They must not tighten up, and they will not,


because the experience they have got in that boat is absolutely


second to no one. That is focused, that is calm, that is long, that is


a fantastic display. Just imagine, they have broken free, imagine what


is going through their minds here, the adrenalin must be coming


through their bodies, they are inside 750 metres, they have clear


water now, Anna and Katherine are away, and this is just a phenomenal


scull! OK, guys, let's do this, let's finish the story! Australia


have been broken, back to 33 strokes per minute, they are


realising that silver is what they are going to get, and here go Great


Britain. They are going to fly away, they are going to win by lengths


and lengths. If the crowd opposite are going absolutely wild, they are


shouting GB, GB, and that will be the noise that this doubles goal


from Great Britain will need in a little over 200m. 1,500 down, look


at the crowd on the far side, it is a sell-out at Eton Dorney for at


the most important final here on this whole the Olympic regatta. The


British are a way clear of Australia. Australia still holding


on, they look like they will falling back. The angle gets you a


little bit, they are only about a length and a half down, still


fighting back. Kim Crow, a real competitor, so strong, but it is


Great Britain for his last 400m, and the crowd will rise to them,


here comes the next Great Britain gold medal. Fantastic performance.


It has taken 12 long years, a sign of support, and the crowd are on


their feet, the flags are going mad, they are into the noise, a


cacophony around here, the whole of the media stand are on their feet,


we are applauding you, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, but the


Australian crew know that they have 25 strokes remaining, they are


pushing hard. 200 out from the line. Katherine Grainger is taking it up


to 40 strokes per minute, this is their display, this is their final


turn, this is her gold medal! crowd absolutely adore him what


they are seeing now, Australia still, hard, but, ladies and


gentlemen, what we are seeing right now fears that dreams do come true,


and Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are going to win a gold


medal in the women's double sculls! I thought Australia was going to


fall back, but they are fighting on, a length and a half. But there they


are. Up to the line, Great Britain deliver! A Olympic champions,


Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, and there is not a pair that is so


deserving of this moment here, a fabulous result for Great Britain,


they are, at long, long last, Katherine Grainger is the Olympic


champion, and the crowd and going and Katherine Grainger, a dream


come true. That is a wonderful performance. What a great show from


Australia. They never gave up. was as if it was meant to be. Not


in Sydney 12 years ago, nor Athens or Beijing, but the Robling gods


here looked down at Eton Dorney and said to Great Britain's Katherine


Grainger and Anna Watkins, your gold medal will come in front of a


home crowd. What a performance that was. Poland in third. These are the


winners, the champions. All credit to them. So glad that she didn't


retire, and so she. Katherine now at Eton. The second gold medal


from the British team here. What a performance. They took it out, they


had a magnificent 1,000m. They kept calm heads in that last 500. Out


quick. The first 100 they were gone. They had a lead that put the


pressure on Australia. There really was only one boat in this. I've


never seen such a look of determination and sheer drive from


anybody. Katherine Grainger, but we salute also Anna Watkins. Now we


have two cruise of British women in role in winning gold medals in one


year. That must surely be the image spectacular! As she went over the


line she said, oh, my God! Great Britain are the Olympic champions.


Australia get the silver and Poland I'm joined by Liz and Peter Granger.


The Grainger Odyssey is over. hope so! She hasn't ruled out Rio.


That was an extraordinary race, an extraordinary four years. What did


you go through in that six minutes? I don't know. We went into Beijing


hoping, really hoping that that would be the medal. It wasn't.


Until the finishing line I wasn't prepared to bank on anything.


Because there were moments in the middle of that race that the


Australians hung on quite a lot. Yes. But then Katherine has always


said they have always had something in hand. I was less worried about


that. Turn the screws and that will be it. Finally, can you some of


what it means to your family and Katherine? Huge, huge pride in


Katherine. She's done so much and she deserves this so much. Huge


relief, huge release but mostly pride. Enjoy the ceremony. More


The pictures that need no words. Steve Redgrave with Katherine and


Anna Watkins at the moment of We spoke about the demotion


beforehand and having to banish that because sport is a serious


business and there is a job to be done, and boy have they done it,


Can I talk to the Olympic champion, please? Where, where? She's finally


here! You did it. Yeah, worth the wait. It's been a long time coming.


Steve promised me it would be tears of joy this time, which they are.


But there are less tears than there were in Beijing. A lot less. There


was a job to do and you've just done it in such an emphatic manner.


That's what it felt like. But both of us, we absolutely knew we had


all the goods to perform. It was about delivering today. It's just


that satisfaction of a job well done. And for you? I just can't


believe it. I have to ask Katherine if it was a dream. I tried to keep


my mind away from this moment. It didn't seem real. We've had so many


successful racers, this is just another race. But it was the right


one. I can't quite believe we got to this point. You've done 1000


interviews in the last four years and everybody in the course of them


has asked you exactly the same question - was it worth making the


decision to carry on, can you get that elusive gold medal in London?


You must have thought, please, just leave me alone! Now we don't ever


have ask you that question again. No, what will you ask? To be honest,


I feel this medal of all of them is the people's medal. I feel so many


people have been behind me and supported me and wanted this for me


as much as I have most of the way. I kinda feel it is off the back of


everyone I've ever worked with, everyone who has helped me. I come


back to my family who were there from the beginning, to my friends


at school, university, every person has been a part of this. It makes


it feel so much more special. interviewed your mum and dad and


they've said, don't rule out Rio. Yeah, my mum is a bit nervous in


she first heard word of Rio. Maybe she fancies a holiday there.


think she does. She said she found this one the least stressful of all


of them. Steve, thoughts? Fantastic. Nice what you said there, it's the


people's medal. The people are going to enjoy it but it's your


medal up. Fantastic and very well deserved. All we can say is


everybody watching, I know some many people who have said, the one


thing I must see it is at lunchtime on Friday. Thank you. We will see


you on the podium shortly. Sing loud. Anna Watkins and Katherine


Grainger are Olympic champions, like you always said it would be.


Never in doubt. All credit to the Australians, they did what they did


in Munich. They pushed them very hard in that second 500. I never


had a doubt. Certainly when they started racing anyway. Our floor


manager was... As said, Chris, it's done and dusted. Let me stop you,


let's go to Matt Pinsent. I'm joined during the New Zealand


national anthem by Caroline and Richard Bevington. Extraordinary


emotions during that race. What did you go through? Agony. You're just


waiting for the bow to move in front. It's been a long wait since


Monday. You just wanted to see them on the water and rutting. Their


normal patterns to go ahead. Just relief when you started to see


everything go ahead. The Australians were very close, closer


than I was comfortable with. Does their dominance they give you any


cause for confidence? It does, but the things can go wrong. You can


see things go wrong in races here. You just wish and hope that


everything is going to be fine during that. Caroline, can you some


of what it means to her? I think she will be so happy and so


relieved. She didn't want to let anyone down, she didn't want to let


her family down or the team down all the fans. She will be really


thrilled. There's been lots of coverage about Katherine,


understandably so. Anna has been a little in the shadow to a certain


extent. She doesn't mind that. She's happy with how things are and


she is OK with that. She will be thrilled today to get the gold.


your daughter now is Anna Watkins, Olympic champion. She is. Well done


to you both. Thank you very much little while ago. But what a


fantastic moment but two young men, 22 and 23 years old, who, as they


said in the interview afterwards, barely thought they'd be here six


months ago, let alone on a podium with a bronze medal around their


necks. Welcome to the future of British rowing. These guys are


undoubtedly are going to be the fair wind in Rio and wherever the


2020 games happened to take place. We have Alan Campbell coming up


shortly in the men's single sculls. The noise here was such a tumult, I


wonder if he was able to hear any of it down at the start. He will be


in his vacuum, focusing on getting a medal for Northern Ireland in a


few moments time. With a final thought about what Katherine and


Anna have a cheap, it's very unfair to give Amer the and the bowling


but that is the consequence of Katherine having been around for so


long, but that is a reward for a commitment to a sport and


commitment to her own ambitions that was fully deserved. There was


talk a little bit before off-camera about, would she be the greatest


woman athlete row were not to win a gold medal? You start going through


your mind about great golfers who have never won, that sort of thing.


But that his grade -- well deserved. After now she will probably not


stop. It she did, that would be a crowning moment to go out.


Absolutely fantastic. The story of British medals so far in the Games.


We've had a Scottish triumph. Can we have a triumph for Northern


Ireland? Alan Campbell, from Coleraine, the loneliest discipline


of them are all, one man on his own in the boat. You saw the piece that


we did earlier in the programme, where on Christmas Day he was out


there training, pounding the beaches of Northern Ireland. He's


been thinking about that day all the way through until this moment,


the final of the men's single sculls. The cheer in a few moments


time for Alan Campbell will be with Alan Campbell this morning.


What a moment there, words between New Zealand, in lane five. The


lanes have been redrawn for this final due to weather conditions


that set in earlier this morning. We will have to see whether that


has a psychological impact on Alan Campbell. In lane three, already he


is out like a rocket. But he has to be because they are traditionally


he is a technical genius, really, he moves his boat beautifully. Alan


Campbell was in a lane five until the lanes were redrawn a couple of


hours ago, and he now finds itself in three. That is quite a tough


call. The guy on his left, Lassi Karonen beat him in Munich at the


last regatta, and he has to make sure he is in front of him. Look at


the guys running along with the unions black, they are going to


chase Alan Campbell all the way down the course. -- the Union flag.


That is how much support the British team have and Alan Campbell


has. There's not a person around here who does not want to see Alan


on the medal podium. At the moment he is in fourth place. Mahe


Drysdale, an injured rib, being a bit CAFO as he comes up to the


first 500 mark. -- a bit careful. 1,500m remaining now, and Lassi


Karonen from Sweden is taking on the lead from Alan Campbell. This


is a critical, critical part of the race, the next 200. Alan went out


quickly, and now as they all come into their rhythm, this is where


they lay down the first market here. Alan Campbell is a bit lower in his


stroke rate than he usually is. Is at 34 per minute, you would expect


to see him pushing it on a bit, really taking it arm, especially


because he knows there will be a disadvantage in the wind later on.


The overhead camera view, these gladiators now heading down towards


the halfway mark. There's not a lot in it here, really, isn't this


fantastic?! This is sculling at its very highest level, and this is now


psychological warfare. Alan Campbell is in amongst it all, very


solid, very calm, very steady there. Ondrej Synek, closest to us, he is


now really stretching out, stretching out, the attack is


coming from New Zealand come from Mahe Drysdale. Lassi Karonen has


done his best and is beginning to slip back. As his Marcel hacker


from Germany at the top of the picture. Aleksandar Aleksandrov is


surely just hanging on in lane two, the Azerbaijani was nine that the


world championships last year, and events that saw Mahe Drysdale


winning it. Alan Campbell took the bronze medal on that occasion.


Campbell is on for a medal here, he is in a good position. The first


two are probably beyond them, I think. Through the halfway mark,


1,000m remaining in his final, Alan Campbell in bronze medal position.


The last 200m just saw Mahe Drysdale and Ondrej Synek of New


Zealand and Czech Republic really kicking out. They said, and none of


this, somebody has got to take it on. It is almost like a peloton in


cycling terms, and now Mahe Drysdale and Ondrej Synek have


taken it on, and Alan will not roll over, he refuses to be left behind,


and Alan Campbell of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in a lane


three is starting to mount his challenge again. These two are


going to fight it out, they have started early. Ondrej Synek would


not have wanted to go so early, but he is really holding on to Mahe


Drysdale. As these two battle it out, they could actually play into


Alan Campbell's hands, but he has a lot to do, he has to get away from


Lassi Karonen of Sweden in lane four. I have never seen a Mahe


Drysdale sculling so well, so much better connected than he was, and


his power is really telling now. Ondrej Synek is going to have used


all his magic to get back on terms. As we come towards the final timing


marker into the last quarter, the 1,500m approaching, Mahe Drysdale


has just pushed on, a little look to the left. He has driven on hard


and has moved out probably three feet of Ondrej Synek. These guys


are now racing for the gold medal. There is a separate race or bronze,


but there is nothing in it, it could go anywhere! 500m remaining


in his final of the men's single sculls, and Alan Campbell is on the


fringes of a medal, fourth place. Alan Campbell is behind Lassi


Karonen from Sweden. These two are fighting for the bronze. Out front


and away clean, Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand, the world champion has


at his game one more time, and he is sculling away from Ondrej Synek


from the Czech Republic. He is telling a way to a crowd that


appreciating every bit of effort they are seeing! Look at the power


he is generating, he is burying deeper than he would normally, but


Hatay has moved away. Now Alan Campbell in La number three has


responded to the crowd are not far side, the extra man in the boat,


the crowd will will him to do just a little bit more. One more stroke,


Alan, to get up and they had our Lassi Karonen! The gold medal today


is going to Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand as they come to was the


last 175. Ondrej Synek is fighting back hard, Alan Campbell in lane


three, he is up there alongside Lassi Karonen, and he has got the


crowd behind him. A Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand, 125, he must know


it is a job well done. Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic, one final


challenge. For the bronze medal, from Great Britain and Northern


Ireland, Alan Campbell, it is going to be so desperate. Mahe Drysdale


is the Olympic champion from New Zealand, and the fight now goes


right to the line, it is going to the wire, and it is going to be


Alan Campbell on the line, getting the bronze medal, and that will be


a fabulous bronze, well fought for bronze by Alan Campbell from Great


Britain and Northern Ireland! But today this is the man on top of the


world, the new Olympic champion, such disappointment for years ago


in Beijing, where he took the bronze medal due to illness and


that occasion. He put it right here today at Eton Dorney. Well, Ondrej


Synek, a great disappointment. For Alan Campbell, he really had to


fight hard for that bronze medal, because Lassi Karonen, who beat him


in Munich, was ahead of him until the last 300 metres, but I really


feel that the crowd lifted him in that last 400m. One final triumph


for New Zealand, Mahe Drysdale, who has wandered this for so long.


a bad day at the office for Team GB this morning on this Friday, on the


Olympic course at Eton Dorney. Such a lovely guy, really lovely, it has


been fabulous to follow him over the years, so dominant in the


single scull into Beijing, just completely devastated to get food


poisoning. Six weeks ago, this guy was knocked off his bike. I mean,


the stories that are coming out from the Games are just fabulous,


amazing, all these different permutations of preparation, will


they or will they not get here? He is here today, and he is the


Olympic champion, Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand. It will be


interesting, they will of all raced for the gold, but it will be


interesting to hear what Alan But then he got 5th position. He


had an operation, got 5th position four years ago. Look at that, that


is what it means, these are iconic images for every person chasing a


dream. This is what it means, you put your life and soul on the line,


What a great day for Team New Zealand, two gold medals on the


water and a tremendous day for Team GB, too, two bronze and a gold, the


latest coming from this man from Coleraine, Adam Campbell. -- Alan


Campbell. He has been relentlessly positive in everything he does, and


he was talking about gold, so I'm sure there will be an element of


disappointment for him, but he should be so proud because the


battle for third could have gone either way. He knows that his his


gold medal. The two guys in front of him are better than him, better


athletes, better performers. Alan has talked about the last six or


eight years of having the dream, and that is it coming true.


Realistically, he was not going to do any better and less somebody


messed up a front of him. obvious question to ask him, how


big a factor the crowd were, the cars at 500m you said that if ever


there was a race where the crowd had to come into play to will


somebody to the line, it was this one, and he just about had enough


in him to secure the bronze medal. You know the character he is, that


crowd, he was going to go absolutely nuts. We know he has got


a fast finish sometimes, but sometimes it is poor. That crowd


was going to get his adrenalin pumping, and when it was level


coming into the last 500, you were thinking, this is going to be close,


it will be 4th, I had no doubt at all that the crowd was going to


lift him and carry him over the last 300 metres. We can see him


down on the jetty or start with our cameraman can have a look, he is


just there at the moment, absolutely spent. There is nothing


really, but earlier in the piece about his training on Christmas Day,


on his iPod before he completed today, earth he was going to listen


to Slade and the Wizard, and all those Christmas songs that seem so


out of place on a glorious sunny morning like this, but maybe that


is what he was singing when it at 500m he thought, this is it, all


the hard work was worth it for this moment. And it was, bronze medal


for Alan Campbell, he is still spark out down there. They need to


get in standing up, I am twitching to get down there, he needs to keep


moving, not lie still. They are managing to get into his feet, at


least they have got him upright. That is the efforts that was


required for Alan Campbell, he is on his feet. Keep the legs moving.


I have been with him before, two years ago. Alan Campbell will be on


the podium to receive a bronze medal very shortly, and any second


now, on top of the podium, like everybody involved in British sport


and everybody in British rowing at hope she would be, Katherine


Grainger and Anna Watkins after their stunning performance in


winning 20 minutes or so ago of the women's double sculls. And after a


silver in Sydney, we have said is so often, after a silver in Sydney,


after silver in Athens, after a silver in Beijing, there was this


huge? That can now be eradicated from the record books. Katherine


Grainger is an Olympic champion, and this, I'm sure, will be one of


the most emotional medal ceremonies whoever he or she was, has changed


their flag, attended over. I think they might have prepared that


earlier, Katherine and Anna, Olympic champions, and that is just


how they are. This is their golden moment, and Garry Herbert, you


dreamt about describing this, in I have had a great pleasure of


following Katharine's career, and from Sydney all the way through


today, and we never lost faith in what was an incredible, incredible


performer, and Anna Watkins, who backed her up so, so well. I had a


moment with cat and a couple of days ago, and it was his special


moment. -- Katherine. She said, just one more race, she has done it


today, and she is the darling of the nation, but we have to applaud


Poland here. They rowed themselves into the ground here. Coming to the


medal pontoon, Julia McAllister -- Julia Michalska in a wheelchair,


that is how much she had driven herself to the line, and this is


what it means. Whether you get gold, silver or bronze, it is these


moments which we live with you forever. Sir Craig Reedie will be


handing out the medals, and this is Mike Williams, the treasurer of the


International rowing Federation. was going to be expected. Australia,


though, the closest rival. Kim Crow, what a regatta. She is through to


the final of the women's single Scholes. Here she is picking up


get geared up for her final of the women's single Scholes tomorrow.


What a great athlete she is. A Anna Watkins and Katherine


Grainger! A very personal moment on a very public stage. Both of you,


you have made the nation prowled, you really have. -- nation prowled.


Olly Watkins watching that with such pride and huge sacrifices.


Katherine Grainger, a moment there. She's holding it together. You are


doing a good job there, Katherine, you are holding it together,


because up here we are struggling. A wonderful moment. Katherine


Grainger, the Olympic champion. It sounds pretty good. I'm so proud of


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 59 seconds


her. You are right about holding it you have brought the Olympic crowd


penny for her thoughts right now. The motions that a all rising up.


At some point she is going to absolutely lose it. She was billed


all the way through this last year as Britain's best chance of a gold


medal. She has come through, she has come through with it and it's


been fantastic. There they are, the new Olympic champions in the


women's double sculls. They were undefeated in this combination


since 2010. All the medals that have come before that are


irrelevant. It comes down to one race, one moment in time, and this


is yours. Katherine Grainger, I think Katherine Grainger's face


is just about the happiest I've ever seen with a gold metal beneath


it. Complete and utter elation and fulfilment. Wonderful. We must just


leave the gold-medallists for a second because we have a bronze-


medallist to talk to. Alan Campbell, exhausted beyond belief but you are


a bronze-medallist. I'm very proud. I trained for 10 years. Bill has


come to me from day one from novice. He has taken me to three Olympics.


It was disappointing last time with what happened. It was hard coming


away from those Games with nothing, no medals. The two guys were


quicker than me today. I did everything I could but ultimately I


wasn't to match them today. Just... So sorry. Don't be sorry. So tired.


Listen, you have made so many people so proud. Look at these


pictures of your mum at the moment you crossed the line. Look at her.


I think Dad didn't believe it. I'm really pleased. It's another medal


I'm proud to be from there, proud to represent all parts of the


British Isles. To have three medallists from the one town is


pretty exceptional. Can I ask you one final question about the crowd?


At 500 it was nip and tuck for the bronze medal. Steve said to me, if


ever there was a moment for the crowd to come into play, this is it.


How much did they help you? Definitely, just knowing that


almost 100 % of the shelves were for me really did help. I just


thought, I've got to go now or never and hold on to this medal.


The crowd have been exceptional. I think that is going to be the true


legacy of these Games. Such a knowledgeable group, a dedicated


group of people. I have to stop you because there is a medal ceremony


down there and you have got to be in it. Have you got any energy to


stand up? I think I'll just hold on to Mahe Drysdale! Many


congratulations. Alan Campbell, medallist today. Steve, do you want


to act as... I ought to stay here and do my job, but Steve can go off.


Here is what his mum had to say about that great moment.


Absolutely no mystery about who you are supporting. Jenny and William


Campbell, proud parents of Allen. Fantastic performance from your son


today. Really well. Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. We can't


believe it. He was up against the big guns today and now he is one of


the big guns. Jenny, did you have any expectations before this race?


I did it all under wraps but I did think he had it in him. He felt he


had it in him and we have to go with that. He felt confident he was


a medal winner today. We are so delighted. It was a gutsy


performance. Because Alan Campbell is not the tallest in that field.


He is dwarfed by all the other guys. So he really has to work hard to


get there. I think you work hard to get there to date. Just how loud


were you screaming, or did you go quiet? No, I just screamed the


whole way! I think it will be shown for many today. I just willed him


on, I knew he could do it. I told the crowd that we could do this,


and I think we've done it. Brilliant for Alan, brilliant for


One of those strange moments when Alan Campbell says, sorry, for not


winning. You want to say, no, you are wrong. I don't think he said


sorry, I think he said he was sore! His legs were absolutely solid. He


put absolutely everything into that. If he just sits there, the lactate


just builds up and up and then you never get him to move. You so with


New Zealand when they were out there, he was very similar. You've


just got to try and keep moving. You just don't want to move at all


but if you can get moving, the blood starts flowing again, gets


the muscles working again. He will thank you when he's having his


third pint tonight. I don't think he will thank me at all. I gather


somewhere behind us, Katherine and Anna, Olympic gold-medallists, are


taking to the water once again. Now is not the time for thinking about


tomorrow, never mind next year, never mind four years. But is it a


realistic option for Katherine to think about going on for four more


years? Excellent question in some ways. Maybe so, maybe not. This


combination is so strong. Anna Watkins definitely wants to carry


on. She has talked of maybe having a little bit of time off herself,


may be having a child and then coming back. Marathon runners


improve after having children. There's not that many that have


done it. Caterina Karsten, she was racing and still racing. She races


for gold tomorrow. For Belarus. She is the two times Olympic champion


and she has a 14-year-old daughter. That really did scare me when


Matthew told me that this morning. The key thing from Katherine's


point of view, and these are the questions she will be asked tonight


about the future, but the thing about rowing is it's not about next


year, because there will be a world championship next year but World


Championships in the general scheme of things don't make that much of


an impact. Its four years. If you are going to commit, it's a four


year commitment. That is the key point when you have to decide, am I


going to cross that again? There is somebody standing between us that


said some words about her retirement. That stays with you for


the rest of your life. But it is about having commitment. You need


some time, you need to think about it. It is one easy decision to make


but its four years of hard graft to live with it. What you don't want


somebody singing, yes, I'm going to do it, try half-hearted, get some


poor results, get disillusioned and walk away. Its all-or-nothing, so


take your time for that decision. The great thing, as you did, is


getting out on top and not sullying the legacy. I have issues with that


in some ways. What's the top? If you don't try, you don't know where


the top... I could have carried on, I could have been racing here at


the age of 50. But you wouldn't have won. Who knows? You wouldn't,


Steve. I'm terribly sorry. It's why you do it. It it's the love for it,


every time we tell our top athletes to stop at the top, the reality is


it is about how you feel and what to get out of the sport. If you


love it so much... What great pictures visa. Leaving the stage


slightly slower than they came down the other way, but they came down


as would be a Olympic champions and they head back as an Olympic


champions, with the Union flag around Katherine Grainger's neck,


as a Olympic gold-medallist. They are rolling back with Olympic gold


medals around their neck. Again, these are all the questions that of


for the future, but at this stage, just an hour-and-a-half or so after


her moment of triumph, is Katherine Grainger the very best female row


were that you have ever seen? is fantastic. She's not going to


know what will hit her over the next few hours. OK. We had an epic


day at Eton Dorney. I know you have Epic is a wonderful way to describe


it. Just look at those pictures. Let's hope that Alan Campbell makes


it C -- safely to the medal podium. Here is what to watch and where to


watch it. You can join us over on BBC Two for action from the first


Matt Baker and John Inverdale present as British rower Katherine Grainger, with her partner Anna Watkins, attempts to add gold in the women's double sculls to the three successive silvers she has won at past Games.

Rowing: 11.30 Men's quadruple sculls final 11.50 Men's pair final 12.10 Women's double sculls final 12.30 Men's single sculls final

Rowing commentators: Garry Herbert Dan Topolski.

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