Athletics

Plymouth hurdler King ready to take on the world’s best in London

CITY of Plymouth hurdler David King admits he is ‘so excited’ about making his World Championship debut on Sunday afternoon.

King will run for Great Britain in the heats of the 110m hurdles at the London Stadium.

The former Devonport High School for Boys pupil will line up in heat two, which starts at 1.23pm.

He is drawn in the same heat as American footballer-come-athlete Devon Allen, who finished fifth for the USA in last year’s Olympic Games final and France’s former European silver medallist Darien Garfield.

King has been handed lane five, with four athletes either side of him. Garfield will be right next to him in lane four and Allen will be two lanes up.

Although 23-year-old King, who is making his debut at a global championships, is the joint slowest in his heat with a legal PB of 13.48, there are only two athletes who have run under 13.28 in the race and four places available in the next round.

The top four from each of the five heats, plus four fastest losers, will progress to the evening semi-finals.

King’s GB team-mate David Omoregie will run in heat one, with fellow Brit Andrew Pozzi going in heat four.

After watching his room-mate Guy Learmonth reach the 800m semi-finals on Saturday, King tweeted: “What a run from room-mate @GuyLearmonth. So excited for tomorrow now!”

King’s race will be shown live on the BBC.

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