The crowds at Eton Dorney went wild as the British team crossed the finish line, bringing home Team GB’s first Olympics gold.

Stanning and Glover appeared relaxed throughout the race, pulling into the lead and holding it from the start.

After winning the silver medal at last year’s world championships, Stanning and Glover have been undefeated this season. The country has had its hopes pinned on the pair to bring home Britain’s first female rowing gold and today will be a happy day for Brits.

More cheers for Stanning will be sounding from the troops in Afghanistan where the 27-year-old Army Captain will be heading after the Olympics.

Stanning, an officer in the Royal Artillery, has been on special training leave since 2010 but is planning to serve in Helmand when the Olympics are finished.

On finishing the race, a gleeful Stanning said: “I’m so excited I want to jump around! And now I’m talking rubbish!”

Australia will be celebrating its silver as female rowing team Sarah Tait and Kate Hornsey powered into second place.

Only four weeks ago, Tait underwent surgery on her wrist but the Aussie mum nonetheless set out to be Britain’s toughest adversaries.

“Word of the surgery got out and around the world so for them maybe they thought we came in under-prepared or under an injury cloud but they can wipe that from their minds and they can start worrying about how we’re going to race in the final,” Tait said a few days ago.

Britain is hoping for more gold today as Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins takes part in the men’s road cycling.

Scottish swimmer Michael Jamieson is also an Olympic gold medal contender after setting a new British record to reach the men’s 200m breaststroke final tonight.

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