Weightman secures final spot

30-07-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Women's 1500m Medal Ceremony. Silver for England's Laura Weightman, Gold for Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kibiegon and Bronze to Canada's Kate van Buskirk.
30-07-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Women's 1500m Medal Ceremony. Silver for England's Laura Weightman, Gold for Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kibiegon and Bronze to Canada's Kate van Buskirk.
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Laura Weightman has secured a spot in Friday night’s 1500m European Championships final, after coming through her semi-final this morning.

The 23-year-old, from Lesbury, came fourth in the second heat, crossing the line in 4:10.55.

In what was a congested race, the Commonwealth Games silver medallist kept calm and moved into the qualifying spots on the home straight.

One of the title favourites, Sifan Hassan, of the Netherlands, won the heat in 4:09.55.

Sweden’s talented Abeba Aregawi won the first heat in 4:11.64.

After the race in Switzerland, Morpeth Harrier Weightman, representing Great Britain, told the BBC: “I am pleased to safely qualify. It was a bit messy and it was so slow. But I stayed relaxed and calm.”

The top-four runners in both heats, as well as the next four fastest, secured a place in Friday’s final, scheduled for 6.25pm (UK summer time).

All four fastest-loser spots came from Weightman’s heat, which was quicker than the previous one. Fellow British athlete, Hannah England, grabbed one of these places, finishing fifth in 4:10.73.

But it meant that Great Britain runner Laura Muir crashed out, after finishing sixth in 4:14.69 in the first heat. Afterwards, Muir told the BBC that she was disappointed with how her race had panned out.

The final is due to be shown live on BBC Two.

Check our website on Friday for race report.

FULL FINAL LINE-UP (including semi-final times): Sifan Hassan (Ned) 4:09.55; Renata Plis (Pol) 4:10.33; Federica del Buono (Ita) 4:10.47; Laura Weightman (GB) 4:10.55; Hannah England (GB) 4:10.73; Diana Sujew (Ger) 4:11.27; Anna Shchagina (Rus) 4:11.27; Nataliya Pryshchepa (Ukr) 4:11.42; Abeba Aregawi (Swe) 4:11.64; Amela Terzic (Srb) 4:11.75; Svetlana Karamasheva (Rus) 4:12.94; Ingvill Makestad Bovim (Nor) 4:13.02.