OXFORDSHIRE'S rowers enjoyed a prosperous Saturday at the Olympic Games in Rio, with Great Britain's men's and women's eight winning medals.

The men's eight, of whom all have county connections - Paul Bennett, Scott Durant, Matt Gotrel, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Matt Langridge, Tom Ransley, Pete Reed, Will Satch and cox, Phelan Hill - earned GB their first gold in the event since 2000.

Earlier in the day, the women's eight, with seven boasting Oxon links - Katie Greves, Frances Houghton, Polly Swann, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Karen Bennett, Zoe Lee and cox, Zoe de Toledo - took silver at the Lagoa Stadium.

Elsewhere, former Cheney School, Oxford, pupil, Bryony Shaw, competes in today's RS:X women's windsurfing medal race.

She picked up fourth places in each of her three races on Friday to move to an event high of eighth overall.

But Shaw concedes she only has an outside chance of a medal.

“The points are close so the aim is to go out and smash that medal race and jump up the standings as much as possible," she said.