North Northumberland's Laura Weightman into Olympic final

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Lesbury 1500m runner Laura Weightman is into the final at London 2012 after finishing seventh in her semi-final this evening and qualifying as a fastest loser.

In her debut Olympic Games, the 21-year-old clocked a time of 4:02.99 in the second semi-final, which represented a new lifetime best.

But there was drama as she reached the line at the same time as another competitor and teary Laura had to wait for her qualification to be confirmed.

Eventually the pair were separated by thousandths of seconds after running the same time.

Speaking to coach Steve Cram on the BBC after the race, Laura said: "It feels absolutely unbelievable.

"Coming down that home straight I just wanted to get to that line and dip.

"PB (personal best), Olympic final, what more can I say?

"What a day, what an awesome day!"

While waiting for the result to come in, she said: "To run in front of this crowd again would be just unbelievable."

It was especially impressive given that earlier in the night, on BBC One, double gold medallist Kelly Holmes had described her semi-final as the tougher of the two.

The final takes place on Friday at 8.55pm and Laura will be joined by compatriot Lisa Dobriskey, who ran in the first semi-final. Fellow Brit Hannah England went out.

Buy tomorrow’s Northumberland Gazette for an interview with Laura’s mum Diana, who has spoken of her pride after seeing her daughter make her Olympic debut.

We will be covering the final on our website on Friday so follow Laura's Olympic progress here.