Teesside rower wins gold

Teesside's Kat Copeland wins the region's first Olympic gold medal at London 2012 in the women's lightweight double sculls.

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Kat Copeland reacts to gold medal

After her Olympic final victory alongside Sophie Hosking in the lightweight women's double sculls, Kat Copeland told BBC Sport:

"I can't believe this is real, that we just won. We just won the Olympics! I've been trying all week not to think about it because it's made me cry every time.

"So I've been trying to just not think about it. Then when we were on the last 50... I can't believe that just happened.

"I know this isn't the Oscars, but can I just say thanks to my mum and dad because we've been through some bumps and I don't know if they always wanted me to just row all the time."

– Kat Copeland, Olympic champion

Tees Rowing Club celebrates golden moment

Members of Tees Rowing Club, friends of Kat Copeland, watch nervously as rowed for gold. Credit: ITV

Club mates of Olympic gold medal winner Kat Copeland cheered her every stroke at Middlesbrough town centre's big screen.

The Tees Rowing Club member won the North East's first gold at London 2012 in the lightweight women's double sculls, alongside Durham University graduate Sophie Hosking.

Club mates of Kat Copeland gather in Middlesbrough to watch Kat Copeland race for gold. Credit: ITV

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Teesside rower wins gold

Kat Copeland has won the region's first London 2012 gold medal, winning the lightweight women's double sculls at Eton Dorney.

Kat was born in Ashington, but lives in Stockton and rows for Tees Rowing Club.

She won alongside Sophie Hosking, for Team GB's 10th gold medal.

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