City hurdler King runs under Olympic qualifying mark at Gala Dei Castelli


PLYMOUTH athlete David King ran under Great Britain’s 110m hurdles Olympic qualifying time at the Gala Dei Castelli meet in the Swizz city of Bellinzona on Monday evening.

King smashed his personal best, running a time of 13.40 seconds to finish fifth in a high quality, evenly match final.

That was seventh hundredths of a second inside the qualifying time to compete in Rio.

Afterwards King tweeted out: “Omg did I actually just run 13.40 (+0.1)? Over the moon! Olympic qualifying time.”

King, who does not turn 22 until next week, was one of three Brits to run inside the time in Bellinzona.

Lawrence Clarke finished fourth in 13.39 and William Sharman was sixth in 13.42.

Andy Pozzi also has the Olympic qualifying time, showing Britain’s strength in depth in the event. The Olympic trials will take in Birmingham at the end of this month.

Germany’s John Alexander won in Switzerland on Monday in a time of 13.35.

King, who has also got the European Championship qualifying time, had run 13.74 seconds to finish second behind Alexander in his heat earlier in the evening.

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