Athletics

King heads to Germany in confident mood after running World Indoor Championship qualifying mark

CITY of Plymouth’s David King will continue his preparations for the World Indoor Championship trials on Tuesday when he competes in Germany.

Great Britain sprint hurdler King will take part in the IAAF World Indoor Tour event in Dusseldorf.

He will head to the Sportpark Arena in confident mood after running the World Championship qualifying time at the weekend.

King clocked a season’s best 7.66 seconds for the 60m hurdles in Mondeville, France, which was only 0.03 seconds off his personal best.

He finished fourth in a strong race, which was won by American Jarret Easton in 7.54 seconds. Canada’s Jon Cabral was second in 7.62 seconds and Saudi Arabia’s Ahmad Mohamed Al Moualed third in 7.64.

The World Indoor Athletic Championships will be held at the start of March in Birmingham. The British trials will take place at the same venue over the weekend of February 17/18.

King, who competed at last year’s outdoor World Championships and the European Indoor Championships, is currently ranked second in the UK indoor rankings for the 60m hurdles, behind Andy Pozzi. Those two athletes are so far the only two to have run inside the World Championship qualifying time.

Meanwhile, King’s City of Plymouth team-mate Jade Simson claimed a silver medal at the South West Indoor Championships held as part of the Cardiff Met Grand Prix Series at the weekend.

She won South West silver and came third overall in the women’s long jump with a best leap of 5.40m.

Simson also set a new 60m flat PB of 7.87 seconds as she finished fifth overall in the final of that event, having clocked 7.89 in the heats.

Also in Cardiff, Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown ran 1:58.41 minutes for the 800m, with team-mate Liam Hallows clocking 2:11.05.

Their Erme Valley club colleague Will Battershill recently set a new 3,000m PB in America.

Competing for Harvard University in their annual indoor competition against Yale and Princeton, Battershill clocked 8:22.55 minutes.

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