Great Britain has collected its first gold medal of the London Games after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the coxless pairs with a stunning performance that will spark a mass outpouring of celebration and relief across the country.    One had never stepped in a rowing boat until 2008, the other will return to serve in the Royal Artillery in September. But Glover and Stanning will now go down in the record books as the first homegrown gold

Great Britain has collected its first gold medal of the London Games after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won the coxless pairs with a stunning performance that will spark a mass outpouring of celebration and relief across the country. One had never stepped in a rowing boat until 2008, the other will return to serve in the Royal Artillery in September. But Glover and Stanning will now go down in the record books as the first homegrown gold

Rowing gold for Team GB  Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the women's Pair final on Day 5 of the Games at Eton Dorney.

Rowing gold for Team GB Heather Stanning and Helen Glover celebrate after winning gold in the women's Pair final on Day 5 of the Games at Eton Dorney.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate in their boat after winning gold in the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

(L-R) Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the medal ceremony after the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. Australia won silver and New Zealand won bronze. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

(L-R) Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the medal ceremony after the Women's Pair Final A on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 1, 2012 in Windsor, England. Australia won silver and New Zealand won bronze. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) - http://www.PaulFDavis.com/success-speaker (info@PaulFDavis.com)

RIBI (Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland) used the updated Rotary logo in their END POLIO NOW ad featuring Olympic and World Champion Helen Glover. Visit them here: http://endpolionow.org.uk

RIBI (Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland) used the updated Rotary logo in their END POLIO NOW ad featuring Olympic and World Champion Helen Glover. Visit them here: http://endpolionow.org.uk

Great Britain celebrate first London 2012 gold  Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the Victory Ceremony after the women's Pair final A at Eton Dorney.

Great Britain celebrate first London 2012 gold Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the Victory Ceremony after the women's Pair final A at Eton Dorney.

Helen Glover, British professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team and now after retaining her world title in 2015, she is ranked #1 female rower in the world. AND Steve Backshall - wildlife presenter, adventurer, climber, 'a really cool guy' and now on the TVprgm 'Deadly 60'

Helen Glover, British professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team and now after retaining her world title in 2015, she is ranked #1 female rower in the world. AND Steve Backshall - wildlife presenter, adventurer, climber, 'a really cool guy' and now on the TVprgm 'Deadly 60'

Helen Glover MBE born 17 June 1986 is a British professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team As of May 2015 she and her partner Heather

Helen Glover MBE born 17 June 1986 is a British professional rower and a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team As of May 2015 she and her partner Heather

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on their way to a new Olympic Best  The pair won their heat in 6:57.29 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on 28 July.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain on their way to a new Olympic Best The pair won their heat in 6:57.29 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on 28 July.

Image: Great Britain gold medalists (clockwise from top left) Jason Kenny, Bradley Wiggins, Heather Stanning, Helen Glover & Victoria Pendleton (© Bryn Lennon/Getty Images; Alex Livesey/Getty Images; Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images; Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Image: Great Britain gold medalists (clockwise from top left) Jason Kenny, Bradley Wiggins, Heather Stanning, Helen Glover & Victoria Pendleton (© Bryn Lennon/Getty Images; Alex Livesey/Getty Images; Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images; Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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