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Posted on Thursday 2nd August

Team GB won their first Olympic gold medal yesterday, when Army officer Captain Heather Stanning and Helen Glover came first in the final of the Women's Coxless Pairs at Eton Dorney Lake near Windsor, comfortably beating the reigning world champions New Zealand and the Romanian pair.

Princes William and Harry were among the sell-out crowd of 30,000 who were cheering the pair to victory; Britain's first gold medal champions at the home Games.

The BBC played a message from Afghanistan during the post-race interview who cheered the victory of a fellow servicewoman.

Heather credits her Army training with helping her stick to her goals, and for supporting her and releasing her from her Army duties in order for her to enter the Olympics. She said:

'The Army have been absolutely fantastic at supporting me and giving me time off while it has clearly been a busy time. What I learned in Sandhurst was that you're given your mission and you stick to it.'

Heather will return to Army duties in September.

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