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Olympic medal hopefuls fly the flag for the North West

London awaits but many of Britain's medal hopes lie with the North West.

More than 75 competitors from our region will compete on the biggest stage of all. And one man who knows all about that, is Chorley's Bradley Wiggins.

After becoming the first Brit to win Cycling's Tour de France, Wiggins is looking for his 3rd Gold medal in the time trial. His first task though is helping the Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish to Gold in tomorrow's road race.

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins Credit: PA

From the road to the track and field events, and to Chorley's Holly Bleasdale. The 20 year old is among the favourites for a top 3 finish in the Pole Vault.

Holly Bleasdale Credit: PA

Other medal hopes lie with Liverpool boxers Tom Stalker and Natasha Jonas.

Tom Stalker Credit: PA

The gymnastics squad is dominated by the North West, which includes Bunbury's Beth Tweddle who just missed out on Bronze in Beijing.

Beth Tweddle Credit: PA

One man who's also looking to go one better is Rochdale's Stuart Bitthel in the sailing. He's won silver in both the World and European Championships, and says the chance to compete on British waters is a golden opportunity.

Southport's Fran Halsall and Stockport's Kerry Anne Payne are tipped to contrubite to a potential medal haul for Team GB in the pool.

Fran Halsall Credit: PA

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