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Emotional Laura Weightman is ‘over the moon’ at medal-winning performance

Laura Weightman wins silver in the Commonwealth Games 1500m in Glasgow then sees mum Diana in a crowd of over 40,000 at Hampden Park. Picture by Michael Gillen.

Laura Weightman wins silver in the Commonwealth Games 1500m in Glasgow then sees mum Diana in a crowd of over 40,000 at Hampden Park. Picture by Michael Gillen.

 

A delighted Laura Weightman has said that words can’t describe the feeling of winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games this evening.

The Lesbury lass came second in a high-quality 1500m final, which was won by 2012 world junior champion Faith Kibiegon, of Kenya.

After her silver medal-winning heroics, the 23-year-old who was representing England told the BBC: “I don’t think words can describe that feeling of crossing the line and getting that medal you want so desperately.

“I was hanging on for dear life and trying to close in on the Kenyan. I’m glad I gave it everything I could.”

The current British Champion stayed at the back of the field early on but began to make her move with a lap and a half to go. She dug in deep and showed pace, strength, endurance and fight to get her hands on the silver medal.

She said: “I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of performing well. I don’t think I could have done any more. I am over the moon.”

The Morpeth Harrier is coached by track legend Steve Cram, who commentated on the final for the BBC. Weightman paid tribute to her mentor and targeted further success.

She said: “Steve told me that if I came off the track, wherever I finished, knowing I’d given everything then I could be happy.

“I’m not sure how Steve copes with the emotions and the pressures of coaching me then commentating on me! But hopefully this is the start of things for us.

“It is thanks to him that I have got this far. Hopefully this is just the start for us.”

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