Athletics

King books his place in Great Britain’s team for European Champs

PLYMOUTH’S David King secured his place at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin by finishing second at the British trials on Sunday.

King took runners-up spot behind world indoor champion Andy Pozzi in the men’s 110m hurdles at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

Running into a strong head wind at the British Championships, Pozzi clocked 13.61 seconds and King 13.81 seconds.

Both athletes had already achieved the British qualifying mark of 13.60 seconds to compete at the European Championships and so booked their spots on the plane to Germany by finishing in the top two.

Afterwards King tweeted: “Great day in Birmingham today. Happy to come away with silver at the British Champs in windy conditions. Nice to wear the Plymouth vest once again and very excited for the rest of the season.”

Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wilsmore reached the final of the men’s 1,500m. He clocked 3:43.47 in Saturday’s heats. However, in a slow, tactical final, he was out-sprinted by many of his rivals and finished 12th in 3:50.29. The title was won by Chris O’Hare in 3:46.72.

City of Plymouth’s Matt Sumner failed to progress from the heats in the men’s 400m hurdles. He finished sixth in his heat, which was won by eventual champion Dai Greene.

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