Laura bags qualifying time for Moscow

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Laura Weightman gave her dreams of racing at this year’s IAAF World Championships a huge boost by running the qualifying time in her first 1500m event of the season.

The 21-year-old was competing at the Eugene fixture of the prestigious Diamond League series last Saturday and notched an impressive 4:05.36, which is inside the 4:05.50 ‘A’ standard needed for the Championships in Moscow in August.

Weightman, from Lesbury, came 11th in what was a world-class field and the time was her fastest season opener by four seconds.

The Morpeth Harrier was delighted with her performance.

She said: “I was really pleased with the race. The main goal was to run the ‘A’ standard and now I have got that ticked off early on in the season it means that I don’t have to worry about that and I can focus on my racing.

“To run 4:05 in my first 1500m race of the season is a huge step forward for me.

“Last year I came in at 4:09, so it shows that I am making progress.”

Weightman is competing in an 800m race in Holland at the weekend and intends to race at the Birmingham fixture of the Diamond League at the end of the month.