Northumberland athlete Laura Weightman has won a silver medal in tonight’s Commonwealth Games 1500m final.
The 23-year-old from Lesbury dug deep on the home straight to kick past Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri – the pre-race favourite – to move into second spot and cross the line in 4:09.24.
Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kibiegon took the gold in 4:08.94, but Weightman’s delight was clear as she crossed the line to secure a dream spot on the podium.
The Morpeth Harrier had stayed at the back of the pack for the race’s opening exchanges but began to move on to the shoulders of the leading Kenyan runners with a lap and a half to go.
She exposed a gap on the inside of the pack to move to the front at the bell. The battle for the gold really began as the forerunners began to kick.
Weightman had to battle hard to keep her place in the medal positions, with pressure coming from the likes of Obiri, Kibiegon and Scotland’s Laura Muir.
While the current British Champion could not stay with Kibiegon, she dug deep on the home straight to take the silver, while Canada’s Kate van Buskirk was third in 4:09.41.
Her delighted coach Steve Cram, who was commentating on the final for the BBC, said he was proud of Weightman and a lot of hard work had gone into her performance.
Weightman qualified for the final after coming third in her heat yesterday in a time of 4:08.58.
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