In her second track outing of the season, Morpeths Laura Weightman
managed to finish sixth in a talent filled 1500m,
at the IAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic Meeting,
held in Eugene, USA on Saturday 28th May 2016.
It was Laura’s first attempt at her specialised distance this year,
and her clocking of 4m03.04, although around three seconds adrift of her lifetime best,
still suggests that she is still on course to target a much prized second Olympic place later this summer.
The event was won by Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, in a time of 3m56.41s,
with Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum finishing second in 3m58.10s,
and another Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay finishing third in 4m00.18s.
Laura was certainly not too far adrift of the leading protagonist’s,
and her run certainly proves there is more to come from the Steve Cram coached athlete
as the season progresses, providing she can remain injury free in the run up to August’s big test in Rio.
In that itself, it is hoped that the next trip West that Laura makes,
will be to Brazil to compete for Olympic glory, and inevitably will be
up against some of the opposition that she faced on Saturday.
Under Cram’s guidance, there is no doubt that the Commonwealth Silver,
and European Bronze medallist, will be very suitably prepared.