Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins told ITV News their triumphant victory in the women's double sculls was a tough race. Watkins said the home crowd was really helpful, and 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."
Thanks Great Britain for the stupendous support. We have a quiet moment in the car to Stratford- beginning to believe its real.
Special coming up.. 1st ever tweet from Katherine.. over to you kg..
KG: a huge thank you to everyone. Best day of my life. Thank you for being patient!
Mayor of London Boris Johnson watched Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins win gold in the women's double sculls earlier today from inside the Tobacco Dock with members of the armed forces. He was visiting the accommodation in the old tobacco warehouse to see if conditions inside were adequate.
He was somewhat confused by the race, and the rules, and who was taking part, but cheered Team GB along merrily anyway.
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The BBC Olympics presenter Clare Balding tweeted her reactions during Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins' victory in the women's double sculls:
I am sitting quietly in front of a TV preparing to cry for a week if Katherine Grainger & Anna Watkins win. Or cry for a year if they don’t
Oh go on go on!
GOLD!! Well done well done. Heroines. Grainger & Watkins. Let the tears flow
Hurrah! Victory in the women's double sculls means we are fourth in the medal table ahead of the French @watkinsteamgb
PM: "Congratulations Katherine Grainger & @watkinsteamgb - brilliant achievement - doubly sweet as it takes us to 4th in the medals table".
After three silvers, Katherine Grainger gave the BBC her reaction to finally becoming a gold medal-winning Olympian:
(Sir Steve Redgrave) promised me tears of joy this time. Which there are. ... To be honest, I feel this medal of all of them is the people's medal. So many people have been behind me all the way.
After a trio of silvers at the last three Games, Katherine Grainger is set to begin her final quest for an Olympic gold medal.
The 36-year-old Scot, already Britain's most successful rower, partners Anna Watkins in the final of the women's double sculls at Eton Dorney as she bids to could crown a wonderful career on home waters.