Katherine Grainger shed tears of joy as she collected the Olympic gold medal that had so painfully eluded her for 12 years. The 36-year-old Scot was already Britain's most successful rower, having won three consecutive Olympic silver medals.
Today's triumph with partner Anna Watkins in the double sculls was the fulfilment of a ground-breaking rowing career.
The winning pair have won two world titles and now an Olympic medal over three unbeaten years. They were cheered on by a raucous 30,000 strong crowd at Eton's Dorney Lake. An emotional Grainger said afterwards she was overwhelmed with her home win.
Any Olympic medal is a phenomenal achievement in itself. Having had three in the past of, for me, not the right colour, it (gold) became the one I wanted to complete the collection.
Ever since Anna and I got into the boat together, we knew we had the potential to be best in the world.
Then it was about living out that potential and delivering it at a home Olympics, the biggest event in the world.
The pair finished a length and a half clear of nearest rivals Australia. In the heats earlier today they set a new Olympic record, finishing four seconds ahead of Australia.
After the triumph of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the women's pair, British rowing now has its second set of Olympic champions in the space of three days.
The pair told ITV News their triumphant victory was a tough race. Watkins said the home crowd made the second half of the race much easier. Grainger said winning her gold medal in front of a home crowd was "more special than I could ever hope it to be." The pair hoped said the result was "still sinking in."