A delighted Laura Weightman has stepped onto the podium to receive her European Championships bronze medal and hailed her summer season as incredible.
The Lesbury runner secured third place in the 1500m final tonight with a gutsy run which saw her try to force the pace at the front of the pack.
It was her third major podium-placed finish this season, coming on the back of her Commonwealth Games silver last month and winning the British Championships in June.
In what has been a summer of incredible progress, the 23-year-old, who is coached by track legend Steve Cram, has also run a 4:00.17 personal best, which came during the Paris fixture of the Diamond League in July.
After her bronze medal in Zurich, Switzerland, this evening, the Morpeth Harrier told the BBC: “It’s been an incredible season, running four-minutes flat, the silver at the Commonwealth Games and now this.
“I want to thank all of my team, especially Steve Cram. Without all of his championship experience I wouldn’t be able to be so relaxed and I believe I can go out there and win those medals.”
Weightman has just collected her bronze during a medal ceremony. Pre-race favourites Sifan Hassan, of the Netherlands, and Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi, came first and second respectively.
They powered past a leading Weightman at the bell to set up a fight for the top two places, but Weightman dug deep to finish third.
Reflecting on the race, the Great Britain runner said: “I’m really pleased. I was nervous in the warm-up and didn’t know how to play it but with 600m no-one was doing anything so I wanted to push it along.
“At the bell I knew Hassan and Aregawi were going to come past and I couldn’t go with them but I’m really pleased to hold on to that bronze.
“I wanted to go with them and hang on for as long as possible and be in a strong bronze, not have anyone coming back to me down the home straight.”