Laura aims to win race to be fit for Moscow

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Laura Weightman of Great Britain competes in the Women's 1500m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Laura Weightman of Great Britain competes in the Women's 1500m Semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Injury-hit Laura Weightman says she is doing everything possible to be fit enough to compete at this month’s World Championships in Moscow.

The 22-year-old London Olmypian crashed out of the women’s 1500m final during the British Championships in July.

She had to retire from the event, which doubled up as trials for the Worlds, after being caught by another athlete on the penultimate lap.

Despite the fall, the Lesbury runner – who had already run the qualifying time for Russia – was selected for Team GB, along with Hannah England.

But the Morpeth Harrier is now facing a race against time to be ready, with her first-round race scheduled for Sunday, August 11.

“I haven’t got too long, but I am taking it day-by-day and trying to push on as much as I can,” said Weightman, who sustained a small ligament strain and bruising to her left ankle-bone as a result of the fall.

The Olymypic finalist, coached by Steve Cram, also needed eight stitches to a spike wound.

“I have sat down with Steve and we have got a plan in place and we know realistically where I need to be.

“I am doing everything I can to be ready and I am hoping to be there.

“I have had a lot of intense treatment with my doctors to get the foot injury under control and I am doing a lot of rehabilitation and gym work.

“Thankfully there is no significant damage. I am doing okay and I am making progress.”

In what is her first interview with the Gazette since that nightmare final at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, Weightman admits that she first feared the injury was even worse.

“I was convinced I had broken my foot. It was that painful,” she said.

The middle-distance star was in the leading pack when she was tripped in the accident-packed final, which also saw former world championship silver medallist, Lisa Dobriskey pull out.

Not only did the fall leave Weightman’s Moscow hopes hanging by a thread, but it also blew her chances of retaining the UK title she won in 2012.

“It was a whirlwind of emotions,” said the Northumbrian, who was visibly distraught after going down.

“I wanted to defend my title and I was feeling good and I was in the right position at the right time, but then unfortunately I got caught .”

The injury has forced her to miss out on last week’s Anniversary Games in London.

But while the decision was a tough one, she admits it was the correct one.

“I was absolutely gutted I couldn’t compete at the Games but my body was not ready after the fall at the UK Championships and I have got to focus on getting ready for the Worlds.”