Laura Weightman finishes 11th in Olympic women's 1500m final

Laura Weightman finished 11th in the Olympic women's 1500m final.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 01:48
Laura Weightman at the start of the Olympic women's 1500m final.

The 25-year-old Morpeth Harrier, from Lesbury, near Alnwick, crossed the line in 4:14.95. She had been at the front of the field in the early exchanges of what was a slow, tactical race in the Olympic Stadium, in Rio, Brazil. Fellow Team GB star Laura Muir came seventh in 4:12.88.

The race, which started at 10.30pm local time (2.30am GMT), was won by Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon in 4:08.92. Genzebe Dibaba, from Ethiopia, took the silver in 4:10.27, while the USA's Jennifer Simpson secured bronze in 4:10.53.

The Rio Games were Weightman’s second taste of the Olympics, after she finished 11th in the 1500m final at London 2012.