MORPETH'S Laura Weightman admits she had to pinch herself after rounding off a breakthrough year by booking herself an Olympic spot at the Aviva 2012 Trials.
The 20-year-old headed to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium with the simple task of needing to secure a top-two finish to reach London 2012, having already secured the Olympic A Standard twice in the build up.
Weightman did exactly that, timing her assault on the finishing line to perfection to put in a strong final lap to cross the line first in 4:18.83 minutes to collect gold, and with it a spot on the team for London 2012. This time last year Weightman was not only overcoming knee and achilles injuries, but also struggling to deal with her asthma.
Fast forward 12 months and, with these ailments a thing of the past, Weightman insists she cannot wait to strut her stuff in the capital this summer.
She said: “I did what I needed to do in that race and I am happy with how it all went.
“I wanted to leave it as long as possible, when we hit the bell I felt so good I just wanted to push on in the last lap to make sure I secured my place on the team.
“I am going to the Olympics, it is just unbelievable after all the troubles I have had over the last two years.
“I have had illness and injuries so to come here and win, to go to the Olympics, it is just unbelievable.”
If Weightman is looking for inspiration ahead of her capital adventure then she need to look no further than her coach, former 1500m world-recorder holder and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram.
She admits she will be picking Cram’s brain over the next month or so as she gears up for the race of a lifetime.
Weightman added: “Steve has had a huge impact on me.
“We have been working together for two years and the experience he has is huge.
“So learning from him is an inspiration.
“ I am glad I have Steve as my coach because he will help me a lot.”
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