Olympic rower marries in cathedral

Olympic silver medallist Zac Purchase has married his long-term girlfriend Fliss Hill at St Paul's Cathedral.

The rower, who clinched second place in the lightweight men's double sculls with teammate Mark Hunter, and Miss Hall tied the knot at a ceremony in the Chapel of the Order of the British Empire.

They were joined by around 150 guests, including friends, family and Olympic rowing colleagues including Hunter.

In a patriotic touch the congregation sang I Vow To Thee My Country, Be Thou My Vision, and And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time , better known as the anthem Jerusalem.

Purchase, 26, who won gold at the 2008 Olympics, and his bride, also 26, met at King's School, Worcester.

Speaking after the ceremony, Canon Mark Oakley, who presided over the wedding, said it had been a "happy occasion", adding today was the day Purchase "got his gold".

He said: "It was a very beautiful wedding. It was full of family and friends and some rowing colleagues.

"I thought today, actually, Zac Purchase won his gold medal. He looked a very happy man, and so did she. She looked very radiant.

"We all know he was a little disappointed getting silver, nobody else was, but I think he was. I just thought today he got his gold. It was a very happy occasion. There was no talk of any disappointment in the air today, everyone was obviously hugely proud of him and her."

Among the guests at the ceremony were fellow rowers Chris Bartley and Richard Chambers, who won silver in the lightweight men's four.