Interview: Heather Stanning - Olympic Rowing Champion

Stanning And Reed Row To Gold At Rio

Army Captain Heather Stanning and Navy Lieutenant Pete Reed have both won gold at the Rio Olympics. Stanning and her rowing partner Helen...

Interview: Heather Stanning - Olympic Rowing Champion
Army Captain Heather Stanning and Navy Lieutenant Pete Reed have both won gold at the Rio Olympics.
Stanning and her rowing partner Helen Glover claimed their second Olympic title in the women's pair. 
Unbeaten since 2011, Stanning and Glover were in control from the start.
Click below to watch Forces TV's interview with Stanning in the build-up to Rio...
After a scare in the heats, when Denmark ran the pairvery close to the line, the world beaters were back on form for the final.
Leading from the front, their only threat came in the last 100 or so metres with a late drive from New Zealand.
But the Kiwis were ultimately soundly beaten into second place, with Denmark taking bronze.
It means the British Army have a double Olympic gold medal winner in their ranks.
The pair became the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title when they won four years ago, but Stanning said Friday's victory in Rio eclipsed their London success.
"This means so much more... We have been so emotional this week and it means so much to us."
Glover added:
"The pressure was immense. London was a home games and there was nothing more special but this is defending a title - it means so much"
Their medal was the fifth gold for Great Britain, quickly followed up by a gold in the men’s four. It was Great Britain's 17th medal of the Games and moved them up to fourth in the table, ahead of Australia. 
Royal Navy Lieutenant Pete Reed was part of an eight that reclaimed the title for the first time since the Sydney games of 2000. GB's eight led throughout the race and finished well clear of Germany in second and Netherlands who took bronze.
Reed is now a triple Olympic gold medallist, having been part of the succesful men's four in Beijing and London. He said:
"I can't put it into words. We've never been so ready. They're an amazing bunch of guys, that was a big, big race."
Stanning and Reed's success helped Team GB top the rowing regatta medal table. They won five medals in all and came in ahead of Germany and New Zealand.