GREAT Britain clinched its first gold medal of London 2012 in style today.
Scot Heather Stanning and Helen Glover romped home in the women's pairs rowing at Eton Dorney just before noon today with history being made in the process, as the dramatic win also brought home Britain's first-ever Olympic gold in women's rowing.
They won by a length and half from Australia in second place. New Zealand finished third.
Glover and Stanning, from Lossiemouth, opened their campaign at Eton Dorney by winning their heat in an Olympic best time as they stormed into the final.
Their dominance this year was born out of the frustration of being beaten into silver by New Zealand at the 2011 world championships. The margin of defeat at Bled, Slovenia was just eight hundredths of a second.
Glover, a former PE teacher, has only been rowing for four years and her disorganised, untidy nature is in stark contrast to the meticulousness of Stanning.
Stanning grew up in Scotland and is a captain in the Royal Artillery who has trained at Sandhurst and West Point.
After Olympic glory she will soon be heading out to Afghanistan.