King warms up for Olympic trials with England Under-23 title win

David King

CITY of Plymouth athlete David King warmed up for next weekend’s Olympic trials by winning the 110m hurdles at the England Under-23 Championships in Bedford.

King, who turned 22 earlier this week, saw off the challenge of European Under-23 champion David Omoregie and Enfield’s Khai Riley-La Borde.

For the third time in a month, King ran under the 13.60-second barrier, stopping the clock at 13.57.

Cardiff’s Omoregie tried desperately to lunge for the line and fell, clocking 13.65, which was his fastest time of the season. Riley-La Borde was third in 13.87 seconds.

King’s gold medal winning display followed on from Will Battershill’s title success in the under-20 3,000m steeplechase the day before.

Tess MasselinkTavistock’s Tess Masselink also made the podium in Bedford, finishing second in the women’s under-20 3,000m steeplechase.

Masselink clocked 10:42.21 for the seven-and-a-half lap race, taking silver behind Sale’s reigning champion Aimee Pratt, who achieved the World Junior Championship qualifying time with an impressive 10:19.08.

City of Plymouth’s Jade Simson equalled her PB in the women’s under-20 100m hurdles.

Simson progressed through the heats in 14.41 seconds before then going quicker in final, finishing sixth in 14.31.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank finished 12th in the women’s under-20 3,000m final in 10:06.32, while club team-mate Lilly Edwards ran 66.02 seconds in the heats of the women’s under-23 400m hurdles.


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