Morpeths Laura Weightman was forced to battle all the way to the line to secure her Women’s 1500m place in this year’s Rio Olympics at the
British Athletics Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Sunday 26th June.
Weightman and Dundee’s Laura Muir were neck and neck at the bell, and were still locked together with just over 200m remaining.
At that point Muir made a determined break for home, and was never caught,
and crossed the finish line in 4m10.14s.
Meanwhile Weightman had a new battle all of her own with Wakefield’s Charlene Thomas as the pair hurtled down the finishing straight.
With around 30m remaining Thomas put in a determined lunge to claim the vital second place,
however the braveness of Weightman saw her just manage to edge in front as they both crossed the finish line with very little between them.
Thankfully Weightman just got the verdict she wished for, by eight hundredths of a second,
leaving Thomas very disappointed that she had just missed out.