It's a brisk, bright morning in Buckinghamshire. The date, Wednesday August 1st, 2012.

We are some six days into the London 2012 Olympic Games. And anxiety is building amongst the British fans and press. The anticipated boost of home support hasn't had the desired effect with our athletes, with no Golds on the board and little else of other colour.

And then, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning turned up.

The world silver medalists led from the off, and won Gold with a time of seven minutes 27.13 seconds to become the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title. They become instant history makers.

But, more importantly, that first Gold gave everyone the lift so desperately craved. Our party wasn't going to turn quite so sour after all.

And while Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins gained more headlines over the course of the Games, one dreads to think what might've been were it not for the heroics of Glover and Stanning.

Here, we join the final strokes of the race.

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