London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic Games were the GB Rowing Team's most successful, not just of the modern era, but all time.

The team won a record nine medals after qualifying boats for 13 of the 14 events on home water at the Olympic rowing regatta which was held at Eton Dorney from July 28 to August 4, 2012.

The medal haul included four golds, two silvers and three bronzes with GB finishing as top rowing nation for the second successive Games and surpassing the eight medals won at the 1908 Olympic rowing regatta at Henley-on-Thames.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won Team GB's first gold of London 2012 in the women's pair followed by the women's double scull of Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger, the men's four of Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge and the lightweight women's double scull of Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking joined them, making it four gold medals for the GB Rowing Team. 

The lightweight men's squad served up two silver medals in the double of Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter and four in the guise of brothers Peter Chambers and Richard Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley

And there were three superb bronze medals for the GB men's eight of Alex Partridge, James Foad, Tom Ransley, Ric Egington, Mohamed Sbihi, Greg Searle, Matt Langridge, Constantine Louloudis and cox Phelan Hill, single sculler Alan Campbell and the rookie men's pair of George Nash and Will Satch.

Landmarks for GB at the London 2012 Regatta

  • Team GB's first gold of the games;
  • GB won a record nine medals- GB's best regatta ever;
  • A GB men's quadruple scull reached the Olympic final for the first time;
  • GB won a men's single scull medal for the first time since 1928;
  • The GB women won their first ever Olympic gold- and then added two more;
  • The GB men's four made it four successive golds in that event;
  • All 47 GB rowers accross 13 crews reched the Olympic finals; and
  • Greg Searle won a medal aged 40 in the GB men's eight.
  • Katherine Grainger won gold at her fourth Games after three successive silvers. Greg Searle, beijing bronze medallist Matt Wells and double Olympic silver medallist Frances Houghton also competed at their fourth Olympic Games in the men's eight, men's quadruple scull and womens quadruple scull respectively.

Relive the excitement again:


Women's pair:

Women's double scull:

Lightweight women's double sculls:

Men's four:


Lightweight men's double scull:

Lightweight men's four:


Men's single scull:

Men's Pair:

Men's eight:

GB Rowing Team news reports from London 2012:

Team selection:

July 26: Tanner says GB rowers in great shape

July 28: Glover and Stanning set Olympic best time at Eton Dorney

July 29: Doubles double up on heats victory

July 30: Grainger and Watkins set Olympic best time

July 31: Sam and Tash will race finals on the same day

August 1: Historic first for Glover and Stanning

August 2: Scintillating race gives Team GB rowing silver

August 3: GB has 47 rowers in the top six in the world

August 3: Gold for Grainger and Watkins

August 4: Best Olympic regatta of all time for GB

Golden Moments with GB:

Our Greatest Team parade video:


Official London 2012 website: 

Team GB website:

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