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Cheered all the way home from Afghanistan, the British army captain and her rowing partner who brought home Team GB's first gold

Great Britain's Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning show off their gold medals after winning the women's pair final at Eton Dorney on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 1st August. It is the first ever gold meal won by a British women's rowing crew at the Olympic Games.

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Olympic rowing: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning secure Britain's first gold at London 2012

Olympic rowing: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning secure Britain's first gold at London 2012 - Telegraph

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Olympics rowing: Glover and Stanning win gold for Britain

Aug 1 Great Britain claimed their first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics as rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning triumphed in the women's pair.

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Olympics rowing: Glover and Stanning win gold for Britain

London Olympics 2012 Rowers Helen Glover & Heather Stanning win Great Britain's 1st Gold

In pictures: Team GB's golden stamps

Royal Mail printed stamps to commemorate every Team GB gold medal at London 2012 and issued them within 24 hours of the win. The first to be honoured were rowers Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning who produced a stunning victory in the pairs on the morning of the fifth day, Wednesday 1 August.

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Our glorious golden Games

Clockwise from top left: Max Whitlock (gymnastics), kayakers Liam Heath and Joseph Clarke, Justin Rose (golf), Jack Laugher and Chris Mears (diving), and Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (rowing)

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Glover and Stanning defend Olympic crown in style

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning became the first British female rowers to defend an Olympic title and they did so in commanding fashion, leading from the front to win gold in the women’s pair and extend one of the most dominant records in world sport.

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Olympic rowing record: Helen Glover & Heather Stanning win heat