Eastleigh’s own Olympic hopeful, cyclist Dani King has secured a gold medal in the Women’s Team Pursuit in the Olympic Velodrome this evening .
The 21 year-old former Barton Peveril student – along with team mates Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott – broke the world record to beat the USA, by completing the 12 laps in 3 minutes 14.051 seconds – 5.6 seconds faster than the American riders.
The largely British home crowd cheered the girls all the way to finish line and joined in a rousing rendition of the National Anthem during the medal presentation ceremony with a flag waving Sir Paul McCartney leading the singing.
“I can’t describe how I’m feeling right now” an excited Dani told the BBC “I’m ecstatic.”
The result places Great Britain third in the medals table with five gold medals from cycling.
Hamble resident Dani is now the second gold medal winning athlete to hail from the Borough, the first being Tommy Green who became an Olympic Champion at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 – a feat which was recently commemorated with the naming of a street after him – Tommy Green Walk.
Read about Tommy Green – Eastleigh’s first Olympic Hero
Huge congratulations to #daniking ! Mega proud in Eastleigh!
— Maria Hutchings (@MariaHutchings) August 4, 2012
@DaniKing1 Well done and congratulation from Eastleigh— Keith Trenchard (@keithtrenchard) August 4, 2012
Gonna be smiling for a long time!!!!! 😀 pic.twitter.com/RPyCwlCl— Dani Rowe (@DaniKing1) August 4, 2012