Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win first gold of 2012 Games for Team GB

Olympics rowing: Glover and Stanning win gold for Britain

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win first gold of 2012 Games for Team GB

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

Glover and Stanning destroyed the field, winning by more than a length to make history at Eton Dorney as the first British female rowers to be crowned Olympic champions.

Team GB Medals 2012  04. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning - GOLD  (Rowing: Women’s Pair

Great Britain's Helen Glover (L) and Heather Stanning pose with their gold medals on the podium of the women's pair final of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Eton, west of London

Team GB rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate after winning the Gold medal in the Women's pair at Eton Dorney during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Team GB rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate after winning the Gold medal in the Women's pair at Eton Dorney during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Large image of the Team GB Gold Medal Winner First Day Cover - Helen Glover & Heather Stanning

Large image of the Team GB Gold Medal Winner Miniature Sheet - Helen Glover & Heather Stanning

London 2012 - a section of the 26,000-strong Eton Dorney crowd who willed Team GB rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to take gold in a blistering Women's Pairs Final performance.

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Team GB Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

Team GB Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's gold medal winning performance in the women's pairs rowing competition

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning cannot quite believe they were Team GB's first gold medallists of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning with their gold medals, the first won by Team GB at the Games

In pictures: Golden day for Great Britain

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning with their gold medals, the first won by Team GB at the Games

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win the Women's Pair and celebrate two historic landmarks - becoming Team GB's first gold medallists of the games and the very first female British rowing gold medallists.

Who has won gold for Team GB: Full list of our London 2012 winners

Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning celebrate after winning gold in the women's pair final rowing event.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning honoured on stamp

In pictures: Team GB's golden stamps

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning honoured on stamp

Great Britain's women's rowing team

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Golden girls win for Great Britain  Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have won a gold medal in the women's Pair - the Host Nation's first of London 2012

Rowing gold for Team GB Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the women's Pair final on Day 5 of the Games at Eton Dorney.

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning wave to spectators after their win in the coxless pairs brought Team GB its first gold medal of the Olympics Photographer: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning wave to spectators after their win in the coxless pairs brought Team GB its first gold medal of the Olympics Photographer: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Gold for Team GB!

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning bring home TeamGB first gold! Also EVER Olympic gold for Woman's Rowing Team :)

Greeting the champions: The Duchess of Cambridge meets Heather Stanning, centre, and Helen Glover

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