Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dream Day for Jo in Delhi

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dream Day for Jo in Delhi

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NEW Commonwealth race walking champion Johanna Jackson not only blew away the opposition in Delhi but also the memories of World Championships disqualification.

Last year in Berlin the Teessider fell foul of the judges for 'lifting', and her determination to bounce back from that came through loud and clear on the streets of India's capital city.

Taking the contest to the opposition after the early scramble, Jackson was never headed once she hit the front to cross the line nearly three minutes clear of her nearest rival, Claire Tallent of Australia.

After receiving her gold medal, an overjoyed Jackson said: "That was amazing. I have dreamt of this moment so often for so long.

"It started off slow, so I picked up the pace as my technique is so much better when I'm going quicker. "Towards the end I could just relax and enjoy the race. I really put everything into the preparation for this race but I wasn't expecting to win by so much."

Though Jackson's relatively short race walking career hit a low point when she was disqualified in last year's World Championships, she showed how to bounce back by finishing 10th in the European Championships earlier this year. …

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