Grainger wins gold

Bled, SLOVENIA. GBR W2X, Bow Right, Anna WATKINS and Katherine GRAINGER, Gold Medalist Women's Doubles Sculls, 2011 FISA World Rowing Championships, Lake Bled. Saturday  03/09/2011  [Mandatory Credit;  Intersport Images]
Bled, SLOVENIA. GBR W2X, Bow Right, Anna WATKINS and Katherine GRAINGER, Gold Medalist Women's Doubles Sculls, 2011 FISA World Rowing Championships, Lake Bled. Saturday 03/09/2011 [Mandatory Credit; Intersport Images]

OLYMPIC rower Katherine Grainger finally won the Olympic gold with fellow doubles scull partner Anna Watkins at Eton-Dorney today (Friday).

The three times Olympic silver medalist (36) from Bearsden beat the Australian duo Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley into second place.

Grainger and Watkins started to pull clear in the third quarter of the race to cheering spectators in what has been an emotional race to finally win that all important gold medal for Britain.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil and Watkins from Staffordshire, are already the reigning world champions and their latest success was another convincing exhibition. Now unbeaten in 23 races since they came together in 2010.

It was the second stunning victory for British women’s rowing inside three days. Before Wednesday there had never been a female British gold medallist but Grainger and Watkins have now matched the widely-acclaimed achievement of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the women’s pair.