Laura Weightman left the track bleeding from a head wound after the opening day of the World Championships in Beijing.
The 24-year-old, from Lesbury, appeared to trip just after crossing the line in the third heat of the women’s 1500m and fell face-first onto the track.
She appeared dazed and left the track for medical treatment with blood pouring from a wound to her forehead.
BBC commentator Steve Cram, who is also Laura’s coach, 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.”
Luckily the Morpeth Harrier did not suffer any serious injury and will be able to race in the semi-final,
She finished the heat in 4:06.13, qualifiying for tomorrow’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.