King encouraged by his performance at the European Championship in Berlin

PLYMOUTH hurdler David King was encouraged by his performance at the European Championships, despite missing out on reaching the final.

King made it to the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles, where he ran a season’s best time of 13.55 seconds. He was just one tenth of a second of making the final in Berlin.

Afterwards he said: “I am disappointed not to make the final but encouraged by the run.

“I felt like I held my own in the race and I felt like I was there challenging the whole time, which is really positive.

“I am pleased with how I have handled myself at these championships. I felt really good there. To run my fastest time of the year in the semis at the Euros, I can’t complain. I have to be happy.”

King has ambitions of making the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and he is hoping he can lower in his personal best.

“I just need to keep progressing,” said the City of Plymouth athlete. “That is something I have done very well over the years – I have got faster each season. This year has been a little bit of a blip. I have been running okay but I just haven’t PBd yet this year. It could still come as I am feeling really good now. I kind of struggled in the first end of the season, but it has come together now.”

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