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Postage stamp to commemorate rowing Gold on sale tomorrow

A stamp to celebrate Team GB's gold in the rowing men's four will be will be on sale by lunchtime tomorrow.

The honour will be the first time Royal Mail has issued stamps on a Sunday.

Royal Mail will produce the stamp - celebrating Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge's success - within 24 hours.

A fleet of 90 Royal Mail vehicles will deliver the stamps to more than 400 post offices by lunchtime tomorrow.

This is the ninth gold medal stamp to be issued by Royal Mail.

Gold medallist's mother: 'It's not surprise to us, nothing stands in her way'

The parents of gold medal winning Team GB rower Katherine Copeland always believed their daughter would achieve Olympic glory.

Her mother and father Penny and Derek and brother Finlay were all at Eton Dorney to cheer her on today.

We had faith in her, we thought she could do it.

I think the lightweight women have been completely overlooked. No one has been following them. They all talk about other boats, but not so much the lightweight women.

But it is not a surprise to us.

She is so determined. She decides what she wants to do and she makes it happen. Nothing is going to stand in her way.

– Penny Copeland, Katehrine's mother


'Feet haven't touched the ground' for rowing Gold medallist

Pete Reed won Gold in this morning's men's coxless fours rowing:

Joy at rowing golds

Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking celebrate winning the women's lightweight double sculls Credit: Reuters

Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking moments after their gold medal win and below Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge with their gold medals.

Gold medallists of Britain Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge Credit: Reuters


Silver in the men's lightweight double sculls

Great Britain's Mark Hunter (right) and Zac Purchase in action in their heat in the men's lightweight double sculls Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Great Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter have won the silver medal in the restarted men's lightweight double sculls, missing out in the closing moments to Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist of Denmark who took the gold.

Olympic champion: 'We just won the Olympics!'

Speaking to BBC Sport, Gold medal-winning rowers Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking were still to fully take in the scale of their achievements:

Kat Copeland: "I can't believe this is real, that we just won. We just won the Olympics! We're going to be on a stamp tomorrow! I've been trying all week not to think about it because it made me cry. I know this isn't the Oscars, but can I thank my mum and dad?"

Sophie Hosking: "It's something that we've been working on for so long, and there are so many people to thank. I just can't believe it's happened."

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