Athletics

King boosts his Olympic hopes with a PB run and victory at Paavo Nurmi Games

PLYMOUTH hurdler David King boosted his hopes of competing at this summer’s Olympic Games by running the British qualifying standard on his way to victory at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.

British champion King took gold in the 110m hurdles at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Turku with a personal best run of 13.37 seconds.

His previous legal best was 13.48 which he set four years ago in 2017.

“I haven’t run quicker than 13.50 since 2017 and I’m so happy,” said King, whose goal since narrowly missing out on the Rio Olympics has been to try and make the British team for Tokyo.

“In Hengelo (at the weekend) I had some good signs but tonight I started well and finished well, it all came together.”

King, who has been training in America, added: “Honestly I’m insanely happy. I really needed that boost. There was a huge disconnect with how I was training to how I was racing – finally I produced a time that reflects my training sessions.

“It has made me incredibly excited for the rest of the season and allows me to run without the added pressure of trying to get a time. It has made everything worth it and I am so glad that I made the move (to train in America).”

Although King now has achieved British Athletics’ Olympic qualifying standard he will have his eyes on the World Athletics qualification standard of 13.32 seconds which would give him an even better chance of making the plane to Tokyo this summer.

The former Devonport High School for Boys pupil has enjoyed a good season so far and recently won silver medal for Great Britain at the European Team Championships.

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