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A silver lining for Laura in Glasgow; COMMONWEALTH GAMES.

LAURA Weightman landed her maiden major championship medal by winning Commonwealth Games silver in the 1,500 metres at a raucous Hampden Park last night.

The 23-year-old Morpeth Harrier, who is trained by Steve Cram, was strong enough down the home straight to hold off Canada's Kate van Buskirk and finish second in four minutes 09.24 seconds.

She raised her hands to her head in delight and disbelief as she crossed the line behind Kenyan winner Faith Chepngetich Kibiegon.

It was one of five silvers claimed by England's athletes on Tuesday, with Laura Samuel in the triple jump, Will Sharman in the 110m hurdles, Ashley Bryant in the decathlon and Nicholas Miller in the hammer also making the podium. Cram said on BBC Sport: "I am so proud of Laura. There's a lot of athletes who have so much talent and don't have to work so hard.

"But Laura really puts the effort in and is so easy for me to coach from that perspective. The two Kenyans are the best in the world, but we talked about if they have an off day you have to be ready to take that opportunity. Laura is a real scrapper."

Paula Radcliffe added: "Laura ran out of her skin and she kept digging deep."

There was desperate disappointment for home favourite Laura Muir, though, who stumbled coming into the home straight, lost ground and had no time to recover.

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Silver medalist Laura Weightman and gold medalist Faith Kibiegon of Kenya react as they cross the finish line

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2014
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