London 2012 Olympics

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Middlesbrough's Johanna Jackson in today's 20k Olympic race walk

Teesside's race walker Jo Jackson (right) in action Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

London 2012 is Jo Jackson's second Olympic experience.

At Beijing in 2008, she finished in 22nd place in the 20k walk race.

The Teesside University graduate started her athletics career as a cross-country runner.

It was her club coach at Middlesbrough and Cleveland Harriers who suggested she try competitive walking.

Today's long-distance event through central London starts at 1700hrs in The Mall.

Spennymoor athlete gets a taste of the Olympics

An up and coming taekwondo player has been making the most of London 2012 supporting his Olympic training partner.

Jamie Abley is hoping to make Team GB for Rio 2016 but for now he's been accompanying Jade Jones who won Britain's first ever gold medal in the sport. Jade beat world champion Yuzhou Huo in last night's women's taekwondo final.

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Weightman through to 1500m final

Morpeth runner Laura Weightman Credit: ITV News

Morpeth Harriers runner Laura Weightman has won a place in the 1500m Olympic final. The 21 year old came seventh in the second semi final, but her personal best time of 4:02:99 was good enough to get her through.

Afterwards she said: "It feels absolutely unbelievable... What a day!"

Rings may go to Rio

Tyne Bridge rings Credit: ITV News

Newcastle City Council is in talks with the hosts of the next Olympics in Rio about passing on the rings which are currently on the Tyne Bridge.

The Olympic rings were installed by Newcastle Council to celebrate the city hosting some of the Olympic football tournaments.

The council hopes they can keep them on display for the rest of the year.

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Today at the Olympics

It is another big day for the regions Olympians. Laura Weightman from Alnwick will compete in the 1500m semi-final. She was 6th in her heat a result that delighted trainer Steve Cram. Meanwhile, Morpeth Harrier Nick McCormick goes in the 1st Round of the Men's 5000m.

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