Scot Katherine Grainger rows to victory with Olympic gold for Team GB

Scot Katherine Grainger wins long-awaited Olympic gold with partner Anna Watkins at Eton Dorney.

Katherin Grainger and Anna Watkins with their London Olympic gold for rowing.
Mark Blinch/Reuters

Scot Katherine Grainger clinched her first Olympic gold medal with a win in the women's double sculls rowing final on Friday.

The Aberdeen rower crossed the finish line in emphatic style at Eton Dorney with partner Anna Watkins to claim top honours.

Her victory takes Team GB's medal count to 17, with a total of six golds respectively.

It is only the second time a women's team has won gold in an Olympic rowing final, just days after Lossiemouth's Heather Stanning made history with a win in the women's pairs alongside Hannah Glover.

Glasgow-born Grainger, 36, has had to wait for over a decade to win her first gold having settled for silver in Sydney, Athens and most recently Beijing.

Speaking after the race she said: "It was worth the wait. Steve [Redgrave] promised me there would be tears of joy this time and there are.

"For both of us, we knew we had the goods to perform and it was about delivering today. There's just that satisfaction of a job well done.

"I feel this medal, of all of them, is the people's medal. I feel so many people have been behind me and supported me."

Friends and family gathered on the banks of the River Dee on Friday at St Andrews Boat Club, where she learned to row, to cheer on the five-times world champion.

Sport Minister Shona Robison said: "That was truly outstanding race and Katherine's well deserved and long awaited gold is brilliant for her and another boost for Scottish sport.

"The noise in the stands as Katherine and Anna crossed the line was just incredible and I can't wait to see Katherine to pass on my congratulations."

You can watch the documentary The Scots Going for Gold on the STV Player

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