Glory for Grainger & Watkins

British duo emerge triumphant in final of women's double sculls

Last Updated: 03/08/12 7:17pm

  • Share:
Katherine Grainger (L) and Anna Watkins (R) celebrate after collecting their gold medals

Katherine Grainger (L) and Anna Watkins (R) celebrate after collecting their gold medals

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins won Britain's second rowing gold with victory in the women's double sculls.

The British duo held off a determined challenge from Australia to finish a length ahead of their rivals with Poland coming home a distant third to take bronze.

The victory was especially sweet for Grainger who had to settle for silver at the past three Olympic Games.

Britain's women are leading the way at Eton Dorney, with Grainger and Watkins following the women's pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning into the winners' circle.

Grainger provided the image of the day, and potentially the image of the Games, punching the air as Britain crossed the line.

Embrace

She fell into an embrace with Watkins and acknowledged the support of the 30,000 crowd after finally tasting victory at an Olympics.

Grainger had been Britain's first female Olympic medallist, at Sydney in 2000. In 2006 she was awarded an MBE for services to rowing and four years ago Grainger became the first British female athlete to win medals at three successive Olympic Games.

But they were all silver and Grainger was so distraught at missing out in Beijing that, for four months, she considered whether to retire.

But her decision to carry on was richly rewarded on Friday and she and Watkins, a bronze medallist from Beijing, did not just win - they stormed to victory, as they have done for most of the last two years.

After coming together in 2010, Grainger and Watkins have now won 23 consecutive races.

But none of them were as emotional as this as Grainger finally received the gold medal she craved.

  • Share:

Related

Olympics Today - Aug 3

Hope Powell: Looking ahead to future Olympics

Powell looks to future

Hope Powell hopes GB's women's football team will compete at future Olympics after their medal bid ended.

Tirunesh Dibaba: Was peerless on the final lap of the 10,000m

Classy Dibaba retains title

Tirunesh Dibaba produced a stunning final lap to see off her rivals and retain her 10,000 metres title.

Victoria Pendleton: Back on top of the world after team sprint woe

Pendleton: My greatest win

Victoria Pendleton has labelled her Olympic keirin triumph as the greatest moment of her sporting career.

Most Popular

Features

Diamond despair

Diamond despair

Anita Navin blogs on England's last-gasp loss to Australia and the other twists and turns in Glasgow.

Part: MVG needs patience

Part: MVG needs patience

John Part says the World Matchplay Final proved Michael van Gerwen is not ready to dominate darts.

Phone Jim's GoalLine

Phone Jim's GoalLine

Jim White is waiting to reassure fans pining for the Premier League that Football. Is. Coming.