Athletics

Plymouth hurdler King secures victory at British Championships in Birmingham

CITY of Plymouth’s David King claimed his second British outdoor title in three years on Sunday when he took victory in the 110m hurdles at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

King, who is also the reigning British indoor champion, narrowly edged out Woodford Green’s Cameron Fillery with a timely dip on the line.

Both athletes were given the same time – 13.78 seconds – but the photo finish gave King the win. He had previously won the title in 2017.

However, the strong -2.5 m/s wind blowing down the track put paid to King’s hopes of running a season’s best time.

By finishing in the top two at the British Championships, which were doubling up as trials, King still has an outside hope of earning selection for the World Championships in Doha, but he will need to run a lifetime best of 13.46 seconds within the next six days. His current personal best is 13.48 seconds, while his best this year is 13.55 seconds.

Meanwhile, King’s City of Plymouth team-mate Sammie Harris did not get the run she hoped for on her debut at the senior British Championships. The 17-year-old finished sixth in her women’s 100m hurdles heat with a 14.59 second run. Like in the men’s event on the Sunday, the headwind made it tough for the hurdlers. Harris has run 13.93 seconds this season – her first at under-20 level.

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