Weightman finishes a disappointing 12th in Monaco

Laura Weightman.
Laura Weightman.

In what was possibly her toughest ever Women’s 1500m, Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman could only finish 12th in Monaco at the latest in the series of IAAF Diamond League Meetings.

The Commonwealth Silver and European Bronze medallist could only consider herself a mere spectator to what was happening in front of her as race winner Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia posted a new World Record time of 3m50.07s.

It was always going to be a fast race as Dibaba’s Ethiopian team-mate Axumawit Embaye, acting as the early pace maker, went through the first 300m of the three-and-three-quarter lap affair in an incredibly fast 44 seconds.

From there the pace never faltered and Weightman was never to get into it as she finished disappointingly in one of her slowest times for the distance, 4m06.36s.

It is now very much back to the drawing board for Weightman and her coach Steve Cram as the forthcoming World Championships in Beijing next month beckon.

She will possibly have one more race outing in London this weekend before heading for a spot of warm weather and altitude training in Japan before dropping down to neighbouring China for her next important challenge.

Meanwhile her Great Britain team-mate Laura Muir of Dundee continued with her excellent form by using her utmost strengths to finish a superb fifth in 3m58.66s, which is second best in Britain all time, only surpassed by the legendary Kelly Holmes, and is the fastest time over the distance by a Briton this year.

It remains to be seen whether Muir can maintain this superb form for Beijing, only time will tell.