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Helen's looking hot for Games

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

Hands across the water: Helen Glover (right) and Heather Stanning shake on it after their excellent victory at the world cup in Munich on Sunday morning.

Hands across the water: Helen Glover (right) and Heather Stanning shake on it after their excellent victory at the world cup in Munich on Sunday morning.

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PENZANCE'S Helen Glover and her rowing partner Heather Stanning are being tipped to be the first GB competitors to win gold medals at the Olympic Games in London.

This follows the pair's outstanding victory in the women's pairs event at the world cup in Munich on Sunday, the last event before the Games.

Glover and Stanning are scheduled to race in the Olympics in early August, and experts who have followed their fortunes around the world this year say they are hot favourites to win gold.

Glover won her third world cup gold of 2012 on her 26th birthday in a race shown live on BBC television on Sunday morning.

Glover and Stanning are unbeaten this season after seeing off the New Zealand world champions and Romanian Olympic champions in some style on Sunday, their winning margin being almost two boat lengths.

Glover said: "It was great to win here on my birthday.

Emotional

"Heather and I love racing together and working together and it's the last world cup of the season so the win was quite emotional for us."

In the women's eight final featuring Wadebridge's Annie Vernon, the Canadians took an early lead from the Dutch with Romania in third.

Britain, roared on by a crowd in the grandstand and the voice of their cox Caroline O'Connor, kept in contention with the chasing pack.

The effort paid off. As the crews came in sight of the grandstand the British boat speed took off and in the final 250m flew through to take bronze in 6:22.31 behind the winners from Canada and Romania.

Vernon said: "We've talked a lot about the race from the 1250 mark – just committing everything we had and trusting each other that we would rise to it -and we did, we just came storming back through.

"The passion and commitment were faultless but clearly the first 500m could be faulted."

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