London 2012 Olympic star eyes a positive future

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Laura Weightman of Great Britain competes in the Women's 1500m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Laura Weightman of Great Britain competes in the Women's 1500m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Determined Laura Weightman insists her stunning Olympic performance is ‘just the beginning’ and there is more to come from her.

The 21-year-old also says she has learnt a lot from her London 2012 exploits, which will help her continued growth as an athlete.

And having finished the Games as an Olympic finalist, the middle-distance prodigy is eyeing a spot at next year’s World Championships in Moscow, but admits she will take it one step at a time.

She said: “To say that I am an Olympic finalist is a real achievement. I think there is a lot to come from me in the future.

“I have got long-term goals in my head. Moscow next year will be my main goal and then of course there is the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, but I am just going to take it season by season, year by year. I’m not thinking too far ahead.”

Staying very much in the present, Laura is set to compete in more 1500m events this season, before focusing on winter training.

She added: “The Olympics have given me a great platform and I have learnt a lot about my strengths and weaknesses and championship racing.

“I will work hard over the winter and work on my pace and my strength.”