Weightman through to European Championships 1500m final

Northumberland's Laura Weightman says she can't wait for Sunday's 1500m European Championships final, after coming through her first-round race this morning.

Friday, 10th August 2018, 11:36 am
Updated Monday, 13th August 2018, 10:36 am
Laura Weightman (blue and white vest) on the home straight in her heat this morning. Picture taken from the BBC

The 27-year-old finished second in 4:08.74 in the second heat to keep her medal-winning dreams alive.

The Morpeth Harrier, from Lesbury, ran a calm, comfortable and controlled race, doing just what was required to book her spot in the final.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, Weightman, who is coached by Steve Cram, said: “I always get nervous with the heats. I have run well this year, but I want to be competitive here and I wanted to get the heats out of the way.

“But it was a nice, sensible, relaxed run and I am through to the final and I can’t wait, I am really excited.”

Fellow British runner Laura Muir is also through to the final, after winning the first heat in 4:09.12.

Sunday’s final starts at 7pm (GMT) and the BBC will have coverage of the race.