Athletics

Plymouth hurdler King achieves European Championship qualifying time in France

PLYMOUTH hurdler David King achieved the European Indoor Championship qualifying time on his way to taking third place at the Euro Elite Meeting in France on Friday evening.

King clocked the Great Britain target mark of 7.65 seconds in the heats of the event, before clocking 7.68 in the final.

The race was won by Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega in 7.62, with Cypriot Milan Trajkovic second in 7.64 seconds.

King will now be able to claim automatic selection if he finishes in the top two at next weekend’s British trials.

He currently is the only British athlete to have achieved the qualifying time.

Meanwhile, Tavistock’s Jo Meek has been named in the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for June’s IAU / ITRA Trail World Championship in Mirandha do Corvo, Portugal.

Meek, who was the leading British female at the 2017 and 2016 championships, is joined in the six-strong women’s team by world long distance mountain running champion Charlotte Morgan, GB debutant Jasmin Paris, who recently hit the headlines for winning the Spine Race, Calder Valley’s Holly Page, Keswick’s Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn and Georgia Tindley.

The GB men’s team is Jon Albon, Seb Batchelor, Carl Bell, Andrew Davies, Ricky Lightfoot and Andy Symonds.

GB team leader Adrian Stott said: “The strength in depth of mountain and trail running in the UK just now is apparent in the strong men’s and women’s teams selected.

“The British team has traditionally competed well and come home with team medals from these championships. We are sure our team will again be a match to challenge the leading nations like Spain, Italy France and the USA.

“The fact it is a relatively short, but technical 45km course for this year’s ultra-trail championship, has been reflected in the selection with a mix of experienced ultra-runners and long distance fell runners well suited to doing well in June.”

Meek said:  “I’m delighted to be selected to represent GB in the World Trail Champs. I’m privileged to be one of a great team.”

 

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