CITY of Plymouth’s David King will be looking to prove himself as one of Europe’s best hurdles this weekend.
King will be competing at his second European Indoor Championships when he steps on to the track in Glasgow on Saturday lunchtime for the 60m hurdles heats.
Two years ago in Belgrade, the former Devonport High School pupil was just happy to have made the Great Britain team for what was his senior debut at a major championships. He reached the semi-finals where he finished sixth in a stacked race.
Now the 24-year-old heads to Glasgow as a seasoned international with world and European indoor and outdoor appearances to his name, as well as a Commonwealth Games debut. He goes into these championships ranked seventh fastest in the field this year.
He will know if he does run to his best then a final appearance is a realistic target, but there is a lot of strength in depth in European hurdling at the moment and this weekend’s entries includes the current world indoor champion and the Olympic silver medallist.
King will run in the last of four heats on Saturday at 12.26pm. He is drawn in the outside lane in a line-up that includes European outdoor champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.
However, nobody apart from Martinot-Lagarde has run quicker than King this year in that particular heat.
A top three finish will book him a place in the semi-finals. There will also be four fastest loser places available across the four heats.
The semi-finals will be held on Sunday at 11.05pm, with the final at 6.10pm.
King’s Great Britain team-mate Andy Pozzi, the current world and European champion, has recovered from injury to take his place in Glasgow. Pozzi has been drawn in a tough first heat that includes Spanish favourite Orlando Ortega, who has run 7.49 seconds this season. Ortega has the fastest time of the year, but Martinot-Lagarde and Cypriot Milan Trajkovic are not far behind with 7.52 seconds.