Injured Weightman pulls out of World Championships

Laura Weightman after falling in the heat of the 1500m in the World Championships.
Laura Weightman after falling in the heat of the 1500m in the World Championships.

Laura Weightman has pulled out of today’s 1500m semi-final at the World Championships in Beijing after falling in the heats yesterday.

The 24-year-old, from Lesbury, was left with blood pouring from a head wound after she appeared to trip just after crossing the line in her heat and fell face-first onto the track.

She appeared dazed and left the track for medical treatment to the wound to her forehead.

She was monitored overnight and the decision was made this morning to pull out.

Her coach Steve Cram told BBC Sport: “She was dazed for quite a while afterwards. She’s absolutely in no state to do herself justice.”

Cram was commentating on yesterday’s heat when Laura fell.

He said: “Whenever you fall like that you don’t get your hands out, you don’t feel like you’re falling. She just went straight on her face. That was obviously a very heavy fall and whenever you bang your head like that, it’s not a good thing.”

The Morpeth Harrier finished the heat in 4:06.13, qualifiying for this afternoon’s race, along with fellow Brit Laura Muir.

The World Championships have been Laura’s main focus this season and she told the Gazette how she felt in good shape to compete against the best 1500m runners from around the globe.