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Olympic gold: Katherine Grainger gold 'worth the wait'

Scottish rower Katherine Grainger - a silver medallist at three previous Olympic Games - has said her gold medal win was "worth the wait".

Grainger - who has links with Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh - triumphed in the women's double scull with Anna Watkins.

She had broken down in tears in Beijing after previously being pipped for gold.

Grainger said: "Steve Redgrave promised me there would be tears of joy this time and they are."

She added: "For both of us we knew we had the goods to perform and it was about delivering."

Grainger, 36, and Watkins clocked six minutes 55.82 seconds.

They are now unbeaten in 23 races.

Victory confirmed Grainger - who dropped her shoulders with relief and looked up to the sky before raising her hands in celebration - as the most successful British female rower of all time.

Her parents were there to see their daughter win. Her mother, Liz Grainger, expressed feeling of "relief and pride".

There were scenes of celebration at Aberdeen Boat Club where supporters had gathered to watch the race.

A post box in Aberdeen will be painted gold by Royal Mail in Aberdeen on Saturday in her honour.

Australia took the silver and Poland the bronze.

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