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Heather and Helen strike Gold

Sporting history was made in our region today as Team GB won their first 2012 Gold. And the golden girls are both from Reading.

Historic win for Reading pair

Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have been hit by the enormity of their achievement winning Britain's first gold medal.

Gold for Reading rowing pair

Great Britain celebrated it first gold of the Games after Helen Glover and Heather Stanning - who are based in Reading - stormed to victory.

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Record breaking win for Grainger

Great Britain's Katherine Grainger, right, and Anna Watkins stroke to win a women's rowing double sculls heat in Eton Dorney this morning. Credit: PA

Women’s double scull pair Katherine Grainger, from Maidenhead, and Anna Watkins smashed the Olympic record by almost five seconds to seal their place in the double sculls final.

The reigning world champions, who are unbeaten in 21 races since they came together in 2010, finished their heat in a time of 6:44.33 as they powered to victory over second placed New Zealand at Eaton Dorney this morning.

Katherine, 36, said: "I'm really pleased with our first event, I'm overwhelmed with the result. You can hear the crowd but you feel it in your body, pulsing through you. We're very lucky to have this incredible support from around the country. It lifts you like nothing else.

"The plan for the next four days is feet up... not! We've got an adrenaline high now and we're both aware we can enjoy it for the next few hours, but we need to bring it back down. We'll head back to training and a dull lifestyle to get everything in place for Friday."

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Olympic record for Team GB women's rowing pair as they cruise into the final

Great Britain's Heather Stanning, right, and Helen Glover during a women's rowing pair heat in Eton Dorney. Credit: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Team GB rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have qualified for the pair's final in an Olympic record time.

They held off the challenge from the United States to win in 6 min 57.29 breaking the mark set by Australia in 1996.

They now take their place in Wednesday's final at Eton Dorney.

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