Laura Weightman admits she will need to step up her game if she is to challenge for medals this summer after a less-than-convincing showing in the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix in Birmingham on Sunday.
Weightman, the Commonwealth silver medallist from last year, finished third in the 1500m at the Alexander Stadium. But her finishing time of 4:06.52 minutes was nearly five seconds behind the top two of Sifan Hassan and Abeba Aregawi and well outside her own personal best.
Hassan and Aregawi are the reigning European and World champions respectively and the bench mark against which Weightman wants to test herself. But after being off their pace at the weekend, the Lesbury runner admits she has some improving to do in time for this summer’s World Championships in Beijing.
“I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t run quite as quickly as I wanted to in Birmingham,” said Weightman, speaking at the event, a partnership with British Athletics that builds on Sainsbury’s support for the 2012 Paralympics and recognises that sport can unite and inspire children of all ages.
Weightman added: “I think with the training that I have been doing I can go quicker than that so hopefully it’s an early-season blow-out and I can run quicker than that soon. I would love to run close to four minutes like last year and if I could dip under that then that would be really good.
“There are quick girls and Great Britain are doing really well at the moment with the middle distances and there’s so many of us that are running well. Hopefully I can be running well and start pushing to be competitive with the best in the world.
“It’s a huge year and you want a big confidence boost going into the Olympic year.”
Sainsbury’s is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury’s wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all.
, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury’s School Games