Final 1500m race of the season for Laura

Athletics - Samsung Diamond League 2012 - Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham - 26/8/12'Great Britain's Laura Weightman during the Women's 1500m'Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alex Morton

Athletics - Samsung Diamond League 2012 - Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham - 26/8/12'Great Britain's Laura Weightman during the Women's 1500m'Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alex Morton

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Olympic finalist Laura Weightman continued her blistering 1500m form with a second-placed finish at Sunday’s Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix.

And the 21-year-old is looking to produce another positive performance at tonight’s Diamond League meeting in Zurich, in what will be her final race over the distance this season.

It will bring the curtain down on what has been a truly memorable 1500m campaign for the Lesbury athlete, which included that dream appearance in an Olympic final earlier this month.

And the Morpeth Harrier believes her recent exploits in the Midlands at the weekend will only help her in Switzerland.

“I am calling it my last 1500m race of the season and I just want to enjoy it,” said Laura, who finished second at Birmingham in a time of 4:11.79, having moved from fourth in the race’s closing stages.

“There will be a strong field in Zurich so I want to give a strong performance and finish the best I possibly can.

“I am really looking forward to it.

“I was pleased to finish second at the Grand Prix in Birmingham and it has set me up well because there was a bit of a change of pace mid-race and I know it will be fast in Switzerland.”

The Zurich meeting will take place at a sold-out Letzigrund Stadium and athletics fans are set to see a string of high-calibre stars, including the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, and 800m world-record holder David Rudisha.

For Laura to be running on the same bill as such illustrious names is testament to how far she has come, in what is her first full season as a senior runner.

It is also giving her valuable experience at competing at this level and forms part of the Morpeth Harrier’s valuable learning curve over the distance.

“I am learning all the time,” said Laura, who is coached by middle-distance legend Steve Cram.

“I am learning about my strengths and weaknesses.

“I am learning to be more tactically aware, understanding where to put myself and when it’s best to strike for home.”

It gives her plenty of food for thought for the upcoming winter season, which could include another stint in Kenya, and Laura is aiming to condition herself by developing her strength and pace.