Bryony Shaw competing in Weymouth

Meridian's Olympic athletes

The Meridian news team is championing athletes from the South and South East on Day 11 of the Olympic Games.

Brabants ready to defend title

Tim Brabants, from Surrey, has just got through to the semi-final of the 1,000m canoe at Eton Dorney - ready to defend his Olympic crown.

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Dobriskey and England through to semi-finals

Lisa Dobriskey , from Ashford, showed she was getting back to her best by winning a slow heat in 4:13.32. Credit: PA

All three of Britain's women's 1,500m runners advanced to the semi-finals today.

World Championship silver medallist Hannah England, from Oxford, always looked well placed in her heat.

England, whose build-up has been hampered by a spiked Achilles tendon, came home fifth in 4:05.73.

Months after being diagnosed with potentially fatal blood clots on her lungs and told to give up on the Olympics, Lisa Dobriskey , from Ashford, showed she was getting back to her best by winning a slow heat in 4:13.32.

Laura Weightman, who is trained by former world record holder Steve Cram, finished sixth in the third heat in 4:07.29

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BMX Team USA practising in Kent

Team USA practising in Kent Credit: Glen Steggles / Cyclopark

The USA Olympic BMX team took some time to practice in Kent at the weekend, visiting the Cyclopark in Gravesend.

The pre-Olympic taster session featured the four-man team that will be facing Team GB over the next few days.

Team USA practising in Kent Credit: Glen Steggles / Cyclopark
Team USA practising in Kent Credit: Glen Steggles / Cyclopark

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