Athletics

King will head to British Indoor Champs in confident mood after equalling his PB

PLYMOUTH hurdler David King will head to the British Indoor Championships in confident mood after impressing in France at the weekend.

King finished third in the final of the men’s 60m hurdles at the Metz Elite Meet in a PB equalling time of 7.63 seconds.

The race was won by Cuban Roger Valentin Iribarne in 7.59 seconds, with Hungarian Balazs Baji second in 7.61 seconds. King had won his heat in 7.64 seconds.

The City of Plymouth athlete already has the qualifying time for the World Indoor Championships, which will be held in Birmingham at the start of March.

The Great British team for that will be selected after this weekend’s British Championships, which are doubling as trials.

Meanwhile, Erme Valley Harriers’ athlete Will Battershill smashed his 3,000m PB for the second time this season in America at the weekend.

The Harvard University student clocked 8:11.80 to finish 15th in a strong international field at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston.

Prior to this season, steeplechase specialist Battershill’s best for the 3,000m flat was 8:25.00.

However, last month the Great Britain junior international clocked 8:22.25 before knocking nearly 11 seconds off that on Saturday.

Also in America, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank was close to breaking her 3,000m PB at the Husky Classic in Seattle.

Running for Utah University, she clocked 9:29.75 to finish ninth. That was just 0.53 seconds of her PB of 9:29.22 which she set last month.

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