Golden moment for Grainger and Watkins

Berkshire's golden girls, Katherine Grainger & Anna Watkins Photo: PA

Maidenhead's Katherine Grainger at last realised her dream of winning an Olympic gold medal today after a thrilling race which she led from the front.

After three consecutive silver medals, Grainger feared she would always be the bridesmaid at the Games.

But today she stormed to victory with her double sculls partner Wokingham's Anna Watkins.

Missing out on gold in Beijing four years ago left Grainger distraught and contemplating retirement, but today that heartache was forgotten.

The crowd at Eton Dorney roared the pair to a dominant victory over Australia.

Grainger raised her arms to the heavens as she crossed the line and bowed to a packed stand.

She told the BBC that, unlike Beijing, she would be crying tears of joy this time.

"It was worth the wait," she said, adding: "It's just the satisfaction of a job well done."

Watkins said: "I just can't believe it, I just had to ask Katherine if it was a dream."

Grainger and Watkins fly the flag for GB Credit: PA