Athletics

King and Arnott warm up for Commonwealth Games with encouraging runs in Queensland

PLYMOUTH athletes David King and James Arnott produced encouraging displays in tough conditions at the Queensland International Track Classic on Wednesday.

The pair were part of the England team that were using the event as a warm-up for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The sprinters had to run into a strong headwind, which had a big impact on times.

Hurdler King, though, handled the conditions well on his first outdoor outing of the year. He finished second in a strong men’s 110m hurdles field, beating international team-mate and world indoor champion Andy Pozzi in the process.

Jamaican Ronald Levy, who won the Diamond League meeting in Paris last year, triumphed in 11.83 seconds, with King second in 11.92, Canada’s Damian Warner third in 13.95 and Pozzi, who hit the last hurdle, finishing fourth in 13.99. Fellow Great Britain athlete David Omoregie, who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games, was disqualified.

Para-athlete Arnott ran the 100m on Wednesday, which was also his first outdoor competition of the year. He finished third (first T46 athlete) in his race in 11.87 seconds.

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