Athletics / Olympics

City of Plymouth’s King is over the moon at reaching Olympic semi-finals

PLYMOUTH’S David King described becoming an Olympic semi-finalist as ‘amazing’.

The 27-year-old former Devonport High School for Boys pupil progressed through to the second stage of the 110m hurdles in Tokyo after securing one of four fastest qualifier spots.

King, running in a stacked fourth heat on Tuesday, narrowly missed out on automatic qualification but his time of 13.55 seconds was enough to make semi-finals.

He will now line up in lane one in the final semi on Wednesday morning (3.16am BST).

“It feels amazing to be in an Olympic semi-final, I’m super happy with that,” said King, who secured his place in Tokyo by running a PB of 13.37 seconds in June.

“The race itself was not great, below par, but at the end of the day I did what it takes to get through and I’m very, very happy.”

He added: “I’d like to do a bit better tomorrow, but there’s everything to gain and nothing to lose.

“Nobody really expects me to make the final, but I’m going to do everything I can to put myself in with the best shot.”

King, who had the quickest start in his heat, will be up against the world number one and gold medal favourite Grant Holloway in his semi, as well as Olympic and World Championship medallist Hansle Parchment and former training partner Valdo Szucs.

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