London, England (Sports Network) - The team of Helen Grover and Heather Stanning won the women's pair final on Dorney Lake Wednesday, earning Great Britain its first ever gold in female rowing and first overall gold at the London Games.
Grover and Stanning came into the final with plenty of momentum after setting an Olympic record to win their heat on Saturday. Jumping out to a quick lead in the final, the Brits held off Australia's Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait down the stretch to post a winning time of 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds.
That was 2.73 ticks clear of Australia, while New Zealand finished right on the Aussie's heels to claim bronze.
"We didn't want to give anything back," said Stanning. "Helen was saying, 'give us more'."
The United State's Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka were a mere .20 seconds behind New Zealand to just miss the podium. Romania's team of Georgeta Andrunache and Viorica Susanu, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, finished fifth.
The U.S. did crack the medal standings in women's quadruple sculls, finishing with a time of 6:40.63 to grab a bronze medal. Ukraine won the gold with a time of 6:35.93, while Germany claimed silver.
"We went out to win and I would have loved to have gotten gold today, but sometimes it's all right to go away wanting more," said American Natalie Dell.
Despite winning their heat in the men's eight, the American team finished fourth on Wednesday in the final. Germany took gold with a time of 5:48.75, over a second clear of Canada. Great Britain finished .30 seconds ahead of the U.S. to win bronze.
The U.S. had some disappointing showings in non-medal races, failing to put boats into the medal final in both men's pair and single sculls.
Canada and Australia won their respective heats in the lightweight men's double sculls to make them two of six boats to advance to the final, while Great Britain also placed a a team into the final of the men's quadruple sculls.
08/01 08:16:50 ET