Olympic Heroes: Rowing
Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls - KATHERINE COPELAND & SOPHIE HOSKING: Gold
Copeland and Hosking trailed behind Greece and China, before overtaking at the halfway point and establishing a clear lead to finish 500m ahead.
Fact: Copeland is a teacher, and runs a school art club for autistic children in conjunction with the Three Wings Trust.
Men’s Coxless Fours - ANDY TRIGGS HODGE, PETE REED, ALEX GREGORY & TOM JAMES: Gold
This win was not the biggest surprise, as Great Britain has dominated this event in recent years. The crew of Triggs Hodge, Gregory and James, claimed their fourth gold medal in a row, after holding off the challenge of their main Australian rivals.
Fact: The final was a close call; the crew beat the Australian four by 1.28 seconds, becoming gold medalists in a time of 6.57 seconds.
Women’s Double Sculls - KATHERINE GRAINGER & ANNA WATKINS: Gold
Grainger and Watkins broke the Olympic record in the semi-final of the double sculls, before holding off Australia to take gold in the final. The Polish team took the bronze medal.
Fact: Katherine Grainger has won silver medals at the three Olympics prior to London, giving her the title of Britain’s most successful female rower.
Women’s Pair - HELEN GLOVER & HEATHER STANNING: Gold
The duo of Glover and Stanning made history in the 2012 Olympics by becoming the first women to win rowing gold for Great Britain. They also claimed the first gold medal of a hugely successful Olympics.
Fact: Helen Glover won the BBC Women’s Superstars 2012 after winning the 800 metre run, swimming, cycling and gym rounds.