North Northumberland's Laura Weightman 11th in Olympic final

Olympic runner Laura Weightman.
Olympic runner Laura Weightman.

Laura Weightman finished 11th in the 1500m final tonight, as she competed in the biggest race of her life in her debut Olympics.

In front of raucous home support at the Olympic Stadium, the Lesbury 21-year-old ran a time of 4:15.60, in a race that started off very slowly.

Laura had already set a new lifetime best at London 2012, running 4:02.99 in the semi-finals.

It represents a huge achievement for the Morpeth Harrier, who made the final by just thousandths of a second in one of the fastest loser spots from the semi-finals.

Speaking to the BBC after the race, Laura said: "It was really messy, the race. I gave it my all, I just didn't have the turn of pace.

But she admitted she had 'nothing to complain about' in her first major championships.

"I'm a bit battered and bruised but I'm ok. I loved it out there.

"This is just the beginning for me. I really believe there's a lot more from me in the future and this is a good platform for me."

After the dramatic semi-final when she and another athlete clocked the same time on the line, Laura told the BBC that 'to run in front of this crowd again would be just unbelievable', and she took that opportunity with aplomb, finishing one place behind the experienced Briton Lisa Dobriskey.

And as commentator Brendan Foster said after her run in the first round on Monday: "This is her first Games, and it certainly won’t be her last."

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