Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman could only finish eleventh in an
emotionally charged top class Olympic Women’s 1500m field
in the early hours of Wednesday morning (17th August) in Rio De Janeiro.
In what was felt to be the best field ever assembled for a Women’s 1500m Final,
Weightman’s only prominent period in the three and three quarter lap event
was when she went to the front after 300m to take early control of what was a fairly sedate pace.
Her period at the front was fairly short lived however as she took the field through 400m in just under 77 seconds.
With two laps remaining Weightman relinquished her reluctant leadership
as fellow GB athlete Laura Muir went to the front.
However even Muir’s lead was short lived, as Ethiopian hope Genzebe Dibaba
made her first moves in a determined quest for glory.
Dibaba took the field through the bell in 3m11s, but now Kenyan favourite Faith Kipyegon
had emerged as serious threat.
Kipyegon eventually passed Dibaba with 200m remaining
and went on to take the Gold Medal in 4m08.92s.
Dibaba held on for the Silver medal in 4m10.27s, just holding off USA’s Jenny Simpson,
who took Bronze, her first Olympic medal, in 4m10.53s.
Meanwhile after a brave effort GB’s Laura Muir eventually finished seventh in 4m12.88s,
with Weightman finishing four places further adrift in 4m14.95s.