JUSTIN Rose has won an Olympic gold medal after a titanic battle with Henrik Stenson in the final round at Rio.

The former Robert May’s School pupil hit a birdie on the final hole to finish 16 under, while Swede Stenson bogeyed the last to win the silver.

Great Britain's Rose became the first golfing Olympic champion since 1904, after the sport was reintroduced to the games after 112 years. 

The pair were locked together for the whole of the final round, with Rose leading by one at the turn.

Stenson levelled things on the tenth and by hole 13 the Swede led by a shot, but then dropped a shot on the next hole.

As the tension grew, Rose re-took the lead, only for Stenson to reply with a birdie on 16.

So going into the last they were locked together at 15 under, both players hit their tee shots to the right, but Stenson then hit his third shot 18 foot shot of the pin, while Rose got within a couple of feet.

The Swede then pushed his putt long and in the process dropped a shot, leaving Rose two chances to be crowned champion, but the 2013 US Open winner needed just one.