Laura heading to London 2012

North Northumberland middle-distance runner Laura Weightman will be representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.

The 20-year-old 1500m star had gone into the UK Athletics Aviva 2012 Trials in Birmingham knowing that a top-two finish would ensure automatic nomination for selection onto Team GB.

This was because Laura had already run the Olympic A qualifying time, one of the requirements for selection for the Games.

On Saturday she had won her heat, making it through to this evening's final which she won comfortably in a time of 4:18.83 after she kicked for the line with a lap to go, leaving the rest of the field trailing in her wake.

Ahead of this weekend's trials, Laura was sitting second in the UK rankings with a 4:04.88 personal best, behind world silver medallist Hannah England – who last week pulled out of the trials due to injury.

Speaking to the BBC after the race, Weightman said: "To say I'm going to the Olympics, it's unbelievable."