Laura targets Euros in quest for honours

England's Laura Weightman celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500m Final at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo by David Davies/PA Wire.

England's Laura Weightman celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500m Final at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo by David Davies/PA Wire.

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Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura Weightman is eyeing up a strong performance at the European Championships – but is taking nothing for granted.

The 23-year-old flies out to Switzerland on Saturday ahead of the showpiece event in Zurich, which starts next week.

Her 1500m heat is on Tuesday morning with a spot in the August 15 final at stake.

The current British Champion is determined to build on her silver success in Glasgow last week, but admits it is not going to be easy.

The Morpeth Harrier said: “I really want to consolidate what I have done so far. I want to put in a good, solid performance, make the final and then anything can happen from then on.

“It is hard to say about a medal because there are so many high-quality 1500m athletes. It is a strong event.”

Some of the names to look out for include Sifan Hassan, of the Netherlands, Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi, as well as fellow British runners Laura Muir and Hannah England.

But Weightman’s second-place finish at the Commonwealth Games shows she has to be taken seriously.

Asked whether that puts pressure on her going into the European Championships, she said: “I may well be one of the British athletes that people look out for, but it is one of the strongest events in the Championships so people won’t be looking at me solely.

“It is nice when it is like that, because the pressure is not just on one person.”

Weightman received her Commonwealth Games medal last Wednesday. She said: “It was amazing. It was a really special moment.”