Athletics

Olympic hopeful King opts for extra training in America rather than European indoor circuit

OLYMPIC hopeful David King has decided not to do a full indoor season in Europe this year.

Instead, the City of Plymouth sprint hurdler has opted to stay at his American training base in Phoenix to try to boost his hopes of making it to Tokyo this summer.

“After a really great winter training period in Phoenix I decided with my coach that there’s more to gain by staying here for longer than travelling back to Europe for a full indoor season,” said King.

“It’s meant that I’ve been able to train harder and make some amazing progress.”

He added: “I raced at a small college meet in Phoenix last weekend just to see where I was at and my coach and I were really pleased with the result. I ran 7.78 after a week of really hard training.

“This made us interested to see how I’d run when fresh so we decided to enter the American Track League meet in Arkansas next weekend (February 7).

“Depending on how this goes will determine whether I try to race at any other indoor meets.

“There’s a chance that I could qualify for the European indoors so I could be tempted to do that if I get selected, but it’s nice not to fully focus on indoors this year.

“I fear that it would be a very stressful thing to try and negotiate with Covid while also providing a huge opportunity to get some extra training in.

“This is the first year I’ve not had a full indoor season and I’m excited by the prospect.

“However, it would still be nice to compete at a European indoors – I guess we’ll see how next weekend goes.”

British indoor and outdoor champion King, who does not receive any British Athletics funding, has been raising money over the last few months to try and achieve his dream of competing at the Olympic Games. He has competed at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games, but has not yet fulfilled his ambition of going to the Olympics.

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