Morpeth's Laura Weightman claims silver at Commonwealth Games

Morpeth's Laura Weightman hung on to claim silver in a stunning performance in the Commonwealth Games 1,500 metres

Ian Walton/Getty Images Laura Weightman of England celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500 metres final
Laura Weightman of England celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500 metres final

Morpeth's Laura Weightman hung on to claim silver in a stunning performance in the Commonwealth Games 1,500 metres at Hampden last night.

Kenyan Faith Kipyegon clinched gold but it was a fantastic effort from the Morpeth Harriers athlete, who screamed with joy at the finish.

Will Sharman missed out on the first major title of his career by four hundredths of a second as he had to settle for Commonwealth silver in the 110 metres hurdles.

The 29-year-old, who also came second four years ago in Delhi, was pipped to the line by Andrew Riley, who took the gold in 13.36 seconds.

Sharman, a classically-trained pianist and former timekeeper on the TV show Gladiators, led coming off the final hurdle, but could not hold off the fast-finishing Jamaican.

“It was good to get a medal. It was a very tough field and it could have gone any way in the medal hunt,” said Sharman.

If silver had been the least expected of Sharman, the silver won by Laura Samuel in the triple jump was anything but.

The 23-year-old, who was unknown to all bar hardened athletics fans going into Glasgow 2014, shattered her personal best by launching herself out to 14.09m.

The distance was 34 centimetres greater than her previous best.

 

It also sent the Leicester athlete up to third on the British all-time list.

“To get a personal best, the best I’ve ever jumped, at the Commonwealth Games is amazing,” she said. Asked about her emotions after the second-round jump, she said: “I kind of couldn’t believe it.

“I kept looking up at the board thinking, ‘Is that really next to my name?”’ Earlier, Teesside’s Chris Tomlinson admitted having to nurse himself through another major championship held together with sticky tape and hoping beyond hope for one last big jump. This is Tomlinson’s fourth appearance at the Commonwealth Games and he just a few weeks ago was hopeful of erasing the memories of four years ago in Delhi, when he injured himself in the final. But the former British long jump record holder and two-time Olympic finalist admitted he was far from peak shape after qualifying for the final with his only qualifying effort, a 7.89m leap that was well off his best. “It was easy enough, but I’m carrying quite a bad leg injury so I couldn’t really jump as I wanted. I did what I had to do in terms of qualifying, so that was all right,” he said.

Middlesbrough wheelchair racer Jade Jones got her tactics spot on to progress to the 1,500m final in confident style.

Jones will join England teammate Shelley Woods in what promises to be one of the most competitive para-sport events in Glasgow. She finished her heat – the fastest of the two – in a comfortable third place, clocking 3:53.37 minutes to finish just behind Canada’s Diane Roy and Australia’s Christie Dawes.

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