Mayor hails gold for Team GB’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

01 August 2012

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has hailed Helen Glover and Heather Stanning’s historic victory in today’s women’s pair rowing, in what is the first gold medal for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's historic triumph will be celebrated throughout the country today. Not only have they achieved the first Gold Medal for Great Britain at London's Games, they have bagged the first ever rowing gold medal for Team GB's women at an Olympics. It's an outstanding achievement and I'm sure it will spur on all our athletes in the medal stakes. It’s fantastic - Go Team GB!”

In honour of Team GB's first gold medal, the spectacular lighting display on Tower Bridge will turn gold for 10 minutes tonight shortly after 10pm this evening, and the giant Rings on the River will be lit up in gold throughout the night. This will happen each night during the Games whenever our athletes achieve the ultimate glory and bring home gold medals for the country.

Both the Tower Bridge light show and the Rings on the River are part of Mayor of London Presents, the Mayor's programme of free cultural events and attractions being staged across the capital to celebrate London 2012. For more information go to


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