WINDSOR, England (AP) _ Britain captured its first gold medal of
the London Olympics when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the
final of the women’s pair Wednesday.

Under intense pressure and media expectation, the favorites
crossed the line in 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds. Australia took
silver, a length back, and New Zealand earned bronze.

It’s the first Olympic gold won by a women’s British boat and
should usher in a medal rush for the host nation at Dorney Lake
across the four days of finals.

Glover and Stanning are unbeaten in 2012 and set an Olympic-best
time in the heats.

Sara Hendershot of Simsbury, Conn. and partner Sarah Zelenka
finished fourth.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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