Olympics 2012

The London 2012 Olympics are upon us and among Team GB are more than 75 athletes from the North West.

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Crewe's Shanaze Reade goes for gold

Shanaze Reade Credit: PA

BMX star Shanaze Reade from Crewe is hoping to get through to the Olympic track finals later today.

Shanaze missed out on the gold in Beijing four years ago, after she crashed in the final.

A hotel in her home-town plans to project a 50ft image of her if she wins a medal.

Shanaze Reade's image will be projected in Crewe if she wins a medal.


Olga Butkevych loses first bout

Olga Butkevych loses first match Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

Team GB's hopes of a wrestling medal are hanging by a thread as Olga Butkevych's lost to Lissette Alexandra Antes Castillo in the first round of the women's -55kg wrestling.

Ukraine-born Butkevych, who earned British citizenship in May and now lives in Manchester, was looking to deliver Britain's first ever women's wrestling gold, but went down 1-1 2-0 1-2 to her Ecuadorian opponent at the ExCeL.

The 26-year-old was expected to make it through to the quarter-finals, but could still end the competition with a bronze through this evening's repechage, but only if Antes Castillo makes it through a tough field to reach the final.


470 sailing final postponed

Great Britain's Men's 470 team member Stuart Bithell during a media conference in Weymouth. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The wait for gold goes on for Rochdale's Stuart Bithell as the final of the 470 sailing in Weymouth is postponed due to light winds.

A decision will be made later this afternoon on whether the race can go ahead today, otherwise it will be held tomorrow.

Stuart and his team mate Luke Patience are guaranteed at least a silver medal at their first ever Olympic Games.

They're aiming for gold though in a battle with the Australian team.

Keep calm and Keri-Anne

Family await Keri-anne's race Credit: David Chisnall

Stockport's Keri-anne Payne is hoping to ease the pain in the pool in the 10K open water marathon at Hyde Park.

Her family and friends are gathering already wearing specially made 'keep calm and Keri-anne' t-shirts.

Stockport's Keri-anne Payne is hoping to ease the pain in the pool in the 10K open water marathon at Hyde Park.

So far in the water Team GB have three a silver from Michael Jamieson and two bronzes by Rebecca Adlington.

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