Laura Weightman’s brave bid in vain

Laura Weightman was left counting the cost of her fall at the British trials as she tumbled out of the 1500m heats

Julian Finney/Getty Images Laura Weightman of Great Britain after the 1500 metres heats in Moscow
Laura Weightman of Great Britain after the 1500 metres heats in Moscow

Laura Weightman was left counting the cost of her fall at the British trials as she tumbled out of the 1500m heats on day two of the World Athletics Championships.

The 22-year-old, who made the Olympic 1500m final last summer, has spent time on crutches with a bruised foot since falling at the British Championships in Birmingham in July.

And a lack of preparation and competitive racing was clear to see in Moscow as the Morpeth Harrier limped to 11th in her heat in 4:14.38minutes, more than ten seconds down on her personal best.

And Weightman, who is coached by former 1500m world champion Steve Cram, struggled to hold back the tears after her first-ever World Championships ended in disappointment. “I was on crutches for two weeks after the trials with a bruised bone in my foot, so I couldn’t run for two weeks,” said Weightman.

“Coming into these World Championships I had ten days of running just to try and get my body going.

“I was hoping that by coming here I would try and rely on my strength built over the winter to get me through.

“But I just had nothing, no kick, no speed and no real pace in my legs that you have to have at a World Championships to get you through the rounds.

“Steve [Cram] said we’ve nothing to lose by going out there and racing, it will go one way or the other. He said I’d either be fine and be strong enough to get through or it would be as it was where I didn’t have enough in my legs. It’s frustrating because I know what sort of shape I was in at the trials, it’s just so unfortunate to go out and perform like this.”

Wallsend Harrier Sonia Samuels placed 16th in the women’s marathon on her world debut to leave her smiling from ear to ear in the Moscow heat.

“I loved the whole experience, the holding camp and being part of the team,” she said. “I definitely want to be back at an event like this soon.”

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