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Weightman proudly takes silver during Commonwealth Games medal ceremony

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Laura Weightman has been presented with her Commonwealth Games silver medal.

The 23-year-old stood proud during the ceremony, which took place a few moments ago at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.

The presentation was held in the very stadium that the Lesbury athlete ran the race of her life less than 24 hours ago.

In what was a dramatic final last night, Morpeth Harrier Weightman, coached by track legend Steve Cram, executed her plan to perfection to secure second spot in the 1500m final in 4:09.24.

The gutsy Northumberland middle-distance star, representing England, dug deep on the home straight to kick past Kenyan Hellen Obiri – the pre-race favourite – and move into the silver-medal spot.

Kenya’s Faith Kibiegon took the gold in 4:08.94, but Weightman’s delight was clear to see as she crossed the line to grab a dream spot on the podium.

The Morpeth Harrier had stayed at the back of the pack for the race’s opening exchanges but began to move on to the shoulders of the leading Kenyan runners with a lap and a half to go.

She exposed a gap on the inside of the pack to move to the front at the bell. The battle for the gold really began as the forerunners began to kick.

Weightman had to battle hard to keep her place in the medal positions, with pressure coming from the likes of Obiri, Kibiegon and Scotland’s Laura Muir.

While the current British Champion could not stay with Kibiegon, she dug deep on the home straight to take the silver, while Canada’s Kate van Buskirk was third.

Speaking to the Gazette today, ahead of the ceremony, Weightman said that she will cherish her Commonwealth Games medal, but the magnitude of her achievement has not yet sunk in.

SEE TOMORROW’S NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE AND MORPETH HERALD FOR FULL AND COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF LAURA WEIGHTMAN’S COMMONWEALTH GAMES HEROICS

 

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