A determined Laura Weightman has vowed to come back stronger after her disappointing early exit from the World Championships in Moscow.
The injury-hit middle-distance runner had struggled for fitness ahead of the global competition following a fall at last month’s British Championships in Birmingham.
The Lesbury athlete had been on crutches for two weeks and went to Eastern Europe with just 10 days of running since she was tripped in the Midlands.
And her lack of running time in the build-up to the event was evident at the weekend, as she could only muster an 11th-place finish in her heat on Sunday.
The 22-year-old admits it was a disappointing end to what has been a difficult month after injuring her ankle and sustaining a spike wound at the British Championships.
But she is determined not to let the recent setback jeopardise what has been an incredible rise in the sport – including running in the 2012 Olympic final.
“It was really tough and I was devastated not be able to perform as I know I’m capable of,” she said.
“Unfortunately, only 10 days’ running didn’t allow my body to be ready. It’s not the end though and I’ll be back. There is lots to take from this experience. As they say ‘what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger’.”
Weightman finished her heat in 4:14.38 – more than 10 seconds down on her personal best. While she hoped that the strength she had built over the winter would help see her through, she admits the lack of running time as a result of the injury ultimately took its toll and she had nothing in her legs.
GB team-mate Hannah England qualified from her heat, then finished fifth in Tuesday’s semi-final to make today’s final.