Laura Weightman finishes 11th in Olympic women's 1500m final

Laura Weightman (front, white vest) in the Olympic final. Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Laura Weightman (front, white vest) in the Olympic final. Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Laura Weightman finished 11th in the Olympic women's 1500m final.

The 25-year-old Morpeth Harrier, from Lesbury, near Alnwick, crossed the line in 4:14.95. She had been at the front of the field in the early exchanges of what was a slow, tactical race in the Olympic Stadium, in Rio, Brazil. Fellow Team GB star Laura Muir came seventh in 4:12.88.

The race, which started at 10.30pm local time (2.30am GMT), was won by Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon in 4:08.92. Genzebe Dibaba, from Ethiopia, took the silver in 4:10.27, while the USA's Jennifer Simpson secured bronze in 4:10.53.

Laura made the final by finishing fifth in her semi-final on Sunday night (local time), having scraped through her heats as one of the fastest losers two days before.

The Rio Games were Weightman’s second taste of the Olympics, after she finished 11th in the 1500m final at London 2012.