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There’s more to come, says Laura WeightmanJune 18, 2014
Olympic finalist enjoying proving what she’s capable of as she works towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Despite surprising herself by opening up with a 4:02 1500m in Eugene at the end of May, Laura Weightman believes there is much more to come this season.
With her spot on the England team for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow now confirmed, the 22-year-old is looking forward to competing at what she describes as “like another home Games”, the Morpeth Harrier grateful for the experience of having competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012 where she finished 11th in the final.
“It’s obviously fantastic to be selected,” she told AW. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s like another home Games.
“I’m feeling that I’m able to go there and be competitive in the final whereas in London that was my first championship, I didn’t know what to expect. I feel a lot more experienced and a lot more prepared for this.”
The Leeds-based athlete bounced back from a tough 2013 to run 4:02.72 at the Prefontaine Classic following a solid winter of training which included more volume and a weekly mileage of up to 70 miles.
“It meant a huge amount to me,” Weightman said of her PB. “I had a poor year last year with unfortunately falling at the world trials and that really did ruin my season. I knew I was in really good shape last year so I don’t really think I quite showed my potential.
“Whereas this season, I had a great winter of training which included a training camp at Park City in Utah so I dropped down into Eugene. I didn’t quite expect to run that quick. I knew I was in good shape to run well but I didn’t think I’d open up with 4:02 so it meant quite a lot after last year to open up so strongly.”
With her sights also set on the European Championships in Zurich, which takes place just two weeks after the Commonwealth Games, the UK 1500m No.1 believes she has more to give.
“I think whenever you run well you always think you can go quicker and I would like to think that there is a lot more to come this season,” said the Steve Cram-coached athlete.
“I don’t want to do too much too soon because there’s two major championships coming up so I think it’s important that I select races carefully and not do too much, because I’d rather get a medal right now rather than run really quick. I think quick times will come over the year.”
On the close proximity of the two events, Weightman added: “Me and Steve discussed it before the start of the winter and you know, he’s been there and done that himself. He knows how to prepare me well and have me at my best for championships.
“Obviously it’s not going to be easy, there’s only two weeks in between, but I think I’ve got that base from the winter and that’s why you train so hard all winter, so that when you get to the summer you’re prepared.
“I think I’ve worked hard enough over the winter that I can go into both of them and try and be competitive and do my best in both championships.”
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