Weyermann makes late bid for Olympics

The injury-prone middle distance runner, Anita Weyermann, is making a late bid to qualify for the Sydney Olympics.

This content was published on August 9, 2000 - 17:50

Doctors have given her the all-clear to compete in the 1500 metres at the Weltklasse in Zurich on Friday. They said she had recovered sufficiently after an 800 metre race in Olten on Tuesday to be able to take part.

Weyermann is hoping to make the 4.08 minute qualifying time which will book her a place at next month's Olympics. Her best time this season has been 17 seconds slower than the qualifying time.

As a world finalist last season, Weyermann only has to meet that time once. If she fails in Zurich, she will have one last attempt at a meeting in Leverkusen, Germany, next week.

A bronze medallist in the 1,500 metres at the World and European championships, Weyermann has been seen as one of Switzerland's best Olympic medal hopes.

But a series of injuries and personal problems have seriously threatened her hopes of making it to Sydney, even after the Swiss Athletics Association agreed to extend her qualification period until the end of August.

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