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Newcastle prepares for Urban Games

Young people onTyneside will be competing in rap battles and street dances as part of Newcastle's Olympic Games.

The Urban Games come after the end of the official Olympics but before the Paralympics in London.

The third annual event will see young people going head to head in alternative sporting and art activities including dance, rap, DJ-ing and skateboarding - among other things.

The Games were set up by youth development charity Solar Learning Services CIC in 2009 and now attracts 300 competitors.

Homecoming for gold medallist Kat Copeland

Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland have a stamp in their honour Credit: Royal Mail

Teesside's Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland will be the guest of honour at a homecoming party in Stockton tonight.

The 21-year-old and her rowing partner Sophie Hosking took the gold in the Women's lightweight double sculls at London 2012.

The celebration for Kat is being held at Tees Rowing Club, where she trains. Members of the public are invited to the riverbank between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Infinity Bridge.

Kat is expected to show off her gold medal from the balcony of the rowing clubhouse, overlooking the riverbank, at 6:30pm.


Double gold medallist to take part in Great North Run

Mo Farah to race in the North East Credit: ITV

Mo Farah is set to take part in this year's Great North Run. The distance runner won two golds at the London Olympics.

The 29-year-old won the 10,000m race during the first week of the competition. A week later Great Britain held it's breath as Farah fought off competition down the home straight to win gold in the 5000m

Farah will line up with the other 52,000 runners on Sunday 16 September to take part in the 31st Great North Run.


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
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