Heartache for Olympian Laura

Laura Weightman’s defence of her 1500m women’s UK title ended in disappointment this afternoon after she crashed out of an incident-packed final.

And it means that her dream of sealing a spot at August’s World Championships, in Moscow, is still up in the air.

The 22-year-old, from Lesbury, near Alnwick, Northumberland, was visibly distraught after she went down on the bend of the penultimate lap in the 1500m final at the British Championships in Birmingham.

The Morpeth Harrier was in the leading pack at the time, when she tripped after contact with another runner.

Of the three athletes who have the qualifying time (A standard) for Russia, only one finished – race-winner Hannah England – after Lisa Dobriskey also had to pull out of the race.

It means England has booked her GB place for the Worlds, but Weightman, also with the A standard, and Dobriskey face a nervous wait.

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