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Weightman lands personal best in opening race

Laura Weightman. Photograph courtesy of Hudson Stoker.
Laura Weightman. Photograph courtesy of Hudson Stoker.

Northumberland runner Laura Weightman has kicked off her track season in style with a personal best (pb) at the Eugene fixture of the Diamond League.

The 22-year-old ran 4:02.72 in yesterday’s 1500m event, finishing eighth in the process.

Her previous pb of 4:02.99 came in the semi-final of the London 2012 Olympics.

Weightman, from Lesbury, was the top Brit finisher in the Eugene race – which was won by Kenyan Hellen Obiri in 3:57.05 – finishing ahead of 12th-placed Hannah England, who ran a season’s best 4:07.40.

It is a great start to the summer season for Morpeth Harrier Weightman, who came into the race on the back of an altitude-training block in Utah.

Speaking of her delight on Facebook, she said: “Wow!! What a way to kick start my season here in Eugene...PB 4:02.7.”

The result will give her a huge confidence boost ahead of what she hopes is going to be a massive season, setting her sights on qualifying for both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships this summer.