London 2012 Olympics

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Olympian Matt Wells brings Team GB rowers home to Hexham

Rower Matt Wells took bronze in Beijing and came fifth in London 2012 Credit: ITV

Ten Olympic rowers, including the gold medallists Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking, will compete in a charity regatta in Hexham on Saturday. The fun day is being organised by one of their GB teammates, Matt Wells. The money raised will go towards his foundation, set up to help talented young rowers.


Jo Jackson: "I gave it everything"

In the women’s 20km race walk on Saturday, Team GB’s Johanna Jackson was disqualified due to a foot foul.

Jackson was omitted from the race for putting a foot out of place around the eight kilometre mark.

Unfortunately today wasn't to be and I got disqualified. I didn't think there was anything wrong with my technique, but obviously the judges saw that there was.

I was on for a personal best and I gave it everything, it just wasn't to be.

Jackson, who began race walking ten years ago, added:

– Jo Jackson, Team GB

The 27-year-old who started race walking 10 years ago, finished 22nd in Beijing in 2008. The race was won by Russia’s Elena Lashmonova, with reigning champion Olga Kaniskina, who had led for the majority of the race, settling for second.

"It meant everything to compete in front of this crowd and obviously I'm really gutted. I feel I've let everyone down now."

– Jo Jackson

Saturday Olympics Round-up

We're heading towards there final stages of the Olympics but interest in our region's athletes continues. Last night, all eyes were on Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman who competed in the 1500 metre final. Fingers are firmly crossed this evening on Teesside for race walker Jo Jackson.

Hannah Pettifer reports from the Olympic Park.

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