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Laura Weightman (born 1 July 1991) is an English middle-distance runner who competes in the 1500 metres and 5000 metres. She reached the 1500 metres final at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics.[1][2] She won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the 2014 and 2018 European Championships. She also won a bronze medal in the 5000 metres at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Her Mile run best of 4:17.60 in 2019 ranks her in the world all-time top 25.

Laura Weightman
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Weightman (front) at the 2018 European Championships.
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Born (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 28)
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb) (2014)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Middle distance
ClubMorpeth Harriers
Coached bySteve Cram

Early life and educationEdit

Weightman was born on 1 July 1991 in Alnwick, Northumberland, England.[3] She was educated at The Duchess's Community High School, a state comprehensive school in the market town of Alnwick. In May 2013 she graduated with a Sport and Exercise Science degree from Leeds Metropolitan University. She currently lives in Leeds where she trains full-time.

CareerEdit

Weightman finished sixth in the 1500 metres final at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics and ended the season with a 1500m best of 4:09.60. She improved this to 4:07.94 in 2011.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Weightman ran a personal best of 4:02.99 in the 1500 metres semi-finals, and went on to finish ninth in the final. In 2013, she ran a 3000 metres best of 8:43.46 in Stretford. She further improved her 1500 metres best to 4:00.17 on 5 July 2014 at the Paris Diamond League. She won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich.

Weightman reached her second Olympic final in 2016, finishing 11th at the Olympic Games in Rio. She finished sixth in the 1500m final at the 2017 World Championships in London. She won bronze medals in the 5000 metres at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and in the 1500m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin. After running a personal best of 4:20.49 for the mile in 2018, she improved to 4:17.60 in 2019, a time that moved her into the world all-time top 25.

Weightman is coached by Steve Cram, former world-record holder in the 1500m and the mile. She was previously coached by Mike Bateman from Morpeth Harriers.

StatisticsEdit

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 6th 1500 m 4:14.31
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 9th 1500 m 4:15.60
2013 European Team Championships Gateshead, United Kingdom 2nd 3000 m 9:03.11
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 4:09.24
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 3rd 1500 m 4:06.32
2015 World Championships Beijing, China DNS (sf) 1500 m 4:06.13 (h)
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th 1500 m 4:14.95
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 6th 1500 m 4:04.11
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 3rd 5000 m 15:25.84
European Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 1500 m 4:03:75
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 7th 5000 m 14:44.57
DNS (sf) = did not start semifinal

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time Venue Date
800 metres 2:01.87 Stretford 25 July 2017
1500 metres 4:00.17 Paris 5 July 2014
Mile 4:17.60 Monaco 12 July 2019
3000 metres 8:26.07 Prefontaine Classic 30 June 2019
5000 meters 14:44.57 Doha 05 Oct 2019
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Laura Weightman delight after 1500m qualification". bbc.co.uk. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Laura Weightman Profile". Thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  3. ^ Laura Weightman. Glasgow2014. Retrieved on 2014-09-17.
  4. ^ "Weightman, Laura Biography". IAAF. Retrieved 26 August 2012.