Games dream looms

Laura Weightman
Laura Weightman

Olympic hopeful Laura Weightman is facing one of the biggest weekends of her life, but admits she is ‘ready to go’.

The 20-year-old middle-distance runner heads to Birmingham, with a place at the London 2012 Games on the line.

Steve Cram and  Laura Weightman

Steve Cram and Laura Weightman

With two Olympic A standards in the bag, she knows a top-two finish at the UK Athletics Aviva 2012 Trials would ensure automatic nomination for selection onto Team GB.

And the 1500m star insists she is all set to fight for a dream spot at this year’s Olympics.

“Things have been going really well and I have had a very good build up to the trials and am really looking forward to them,” said Weightman, who is coached by Steve Cram MBE.

The Lesbury lass added: “I ‘m ready to go. The work’s done and I’m in the best shape of my life.”

The Morpeth Harrier has been in blistering form recently, putting last year’s injury and illness woes behind her to propel herself onto the frontline of this year’s Olympic qualifying battle.

Having ended last season seventh in the British female 1500m rankings, she now sits second with a 4:04.88 personal best, behind world silver medallist Hannah England – who earlier this week pulled out of the trials due to injury.

Her form bodes well for the event this weekend, giving her a realistic chance of sealing a spot at the Games, which she admits would be ‘unbelievable’.

And coach Cram sees no reason why that dream can’t become a reality, admitting he couldn’t be happier with the situation Weightman finds herself in heading into the trials at the Alexander Stadium.

“At the start of the season we concentrated on getting the A standard first so that Laura didn’t have that to worry about heading into the trials,” he said.

“So all she can think about now is getting in that top two which is great. That is obviously going to be difficult because the likes of Lisa Dobriskey is back running now and the trials are always tough but Laura is in a good position.”

Laura’s 1500m heat is on Saturday, with the final scheduled for 5.49pm on Sunday. The trials are being shown on the BBC.

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