Athletics

Plymouth hurdler King finishes third in strong field at indoor meeting in Paris

CITY of Plymouth hurdler David King enjoyed an impressive performance in his first international event of 2019.

King finished third in the men’s 60m hurdles final at the Meeting de Paris indoor competition in France.

He clocked a quick early season time of 7.68 seconds, which was only 0.05 seconds off his personal best, to finish behind Spain’s Olympic silver medallist Orlando Oretaga, who clocked 7.63, and France’s World Indoor Championships medallist Aurel Manga, who finished in 7.64 seconds.

The event in Paris was King’s second outing of the year, having won the South of England AA Championships last weekend with a 7.77 second run.

The former Devonport High School for Boys pupil is the early leader of the UK rankings and is hoping to be selected for the European Indoor Championship in Glasgow.

The British trials will be held in Birmingham on the weekend of February 9-10 and the qualifying time for the 60m hurdles is 7.65 seconds.

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