PLYMOUTH’S David King hopes his experience of competing at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade will stand him in good stead for the future.
The 22-year-old found himself in a stacked semi-final on his Great Britain indoor debut on Friday afternoon in Serbia.
King battled hard and was in the running until the final hurdle, but in a near blanket finish he had to settle for sixth in his race in a time of 7.70 seconds.
That would have earned him third spot in the third semi-final and he did finish 11th overall and second Brit behind Andy Pozzi. However, only the top eight went through to the final.
If he could have run his PB of 7.63 seconds then he would have made the final.
“I kind of got the short straw there,” said King talking about the line-up in his semi-final. “I felt quite good, but everyone around me was better on the day.
“I’m fairly happy with how I handled myself at the championships, but obviously I would have liked to have made the final.
“But I’m happy with my season. I’m just grateful to be here and to have been running PBs this season. It’s just a shame one could not come out today.”
He added: “It is massive learning curve. It’s my first indoor senior champs and only my second ever senior championships. It is really good preparation for the outdoors.”