Winners still pinching themselves

The winners of the first home gold medal of the Olympic Games have said they were still waiting for their victory to sink in.

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who won the women's pair event at Eton Dorney, said they woke up having to pinch themselves.

A stamp bearing the women's image has now been released by the Royal Mail to celebrate their achievement - a large version of which was presented to the women on Wednesday night.

Royal Artillery captain Stanning, 27, told ITV1's Daybreak: "We woke up this morning and saw the big stamp and thought 'It wasn't a dream after all'. It was crazy."

Asked if the win had sunk in, Glover said: "Not really. It feels like it happened to someone else. We're in a bit of a daze."

Proudly wearing her medal, the 26-year-old added: "I kept it beside my bed, beside my pillow."

The women, who were paired with each other only three years ago, were cheered on by supporters including the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Princess Royal as they stormed to victory.

Stanning, who is likely to be deployed to Afghanistan next year, thanked people for cheering them on, saying: "There's been so much interest and so much support. We can't thank people enough. The public watching down there yesterday were phenomenal."

Stanning, from Lossiemouth, Moray, added that she would be going back to work next month.

She said: "I'm very proud to be associated with the military. I will be going back to work and doing the job I trained to do."