Athletics

Plymouth hurdler King takes bronze at Stockholm meeting

PLYMOUTH’S David King claimed a bronze medal in the 110m hurdles at the Bauhaus-Galan Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday.

In a tight race, King was just 0.04 of a second off victory, with a photo finish needed to split the top three.

Running into a head wind, Dutch athlete Koen Smet took victory in 13.59 seconds, with Germany’s Martin Vogel second in 13.62 and King third in 13.63.

King has run 13.37 seconds this season, but, after he was confirmed in Team GB’s squad this week, his focus is firmly on the Tokyo Olympics.

The City of Plymouth athlete has made big progress this year with a new personal best – his first in four seasons – after joining a training group in Phoenix, Arizona.

After the improvement he has made he is hoping he might be able to continue to train in America after the Tokyo Olympics, especially with the Paris Games just three years away.

“When I started going to Phoenix it was a case of I’ve got one to two years here and let’s just see what happens and see if I can get to Tokyo,” said King.

“The stress was that I couldn’t afford to do it any longer than that, but now maybe some doors may open and I might be able to find some income through athletics.

“I would like to think that by the end of this season I will be back out in Phoenix and I can make more and more progress.

“I would like to think the next couple of years are only going to be even better.

“My coach keeps saying we are only scratching the surface and that we are nowhere near where we could be.”

He added: “I have changed so much and I have been running really fast in training.

“To be honest, there is still a bit of a disconnect between how I am running in training and how I am running in races. When I run my PB (13.37 at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland) that was the first time I have run a race how I have been running in training.

“Once I can really nail down the consistency then I could be crazy fast. I am really looking forward to that.”

King will be back in action on Tuesday when he features in a strong field at the Gyulai István Memorial Gold Continental Tour event in Hungary.

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