‘Games medal is possible’

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A determined Laura Weightman believes she can win a Commonwealth Games medal after being selected to compete at the showpiece event.

The 22-year-old from Lesbury has been called up to Team England for the Glasgow-based championships, which begin on July 23.

The Morpeth Harrier is one of three female 1500m runners to be named in the squad, alongside Hannah England and Jenna Simpson.

While she is delighted with the call-up – in what will be her first Commonwealth Games – the Northumberland track star insists she is not going along just to make up the numbers.

She said: “It is fantastic to be selected; it will be like a home games and I am really looking forward to it.

“Women’s 1500m is a very strong event at World, European and Commonwealth levels, but I have improved a lot over recent years and if I can go to the Games in the best shape possible, get to the final and then be in the mix, then I can target the higher finishes and I believe there is no reason why I can’t get a medal. Each final is run in a different way and anything can happen.”

The full squad of 129 includes 42 athletes who have previous Commonwealth Games experience, four of whom are current or previous champions, as well as emerging talent who will be making their mark in the Games.

The first round of the women’s 1500m is scheduled for Monday, July 28, followed by the final a day later.