King ‘super proud’ of achieving his childhood dream and competing at an Olympics

PLYMOUTH’S David King said he was ‘super proud’ to have reached the Olympic Games 110m hurdles semi-finals.

King was unable to cause a major upset and reach the final, finishing seventh in his semi in a time of 13.67.

Although he would have liked to have run faster, he admitted just making it to the Olympics and then progressing out of the heats had been a major achievement for him.

“It’s been a crazy journey just to get here,” said the City of Plymouth athlete, who ran 13.55 in his heat. “I have achieved something I have dreamt of since I was a kid.

“My race didn’t work out today but I am an Olympic semi-finalist and I’m super proud of myself.”

On his semi-final, King, who was up against world number one and gold medal favourite Grant Holloway, added: “It was messy from the start. I kind of stumbled out of the blocks and when you don’t set up your hurdles race right it’s hard to come back from it.

“My only goal however was to go out and enjoy it and I definitely did and so it was nice to be around the guys running super-fast.

“It’s definitely nice to surround myself with these people, and it’s an Olympic Games – it’s a great experience.

“It is an experience that will stay with me forever.

“And I know that there are big things coming from me in the future.”

King, who has run 13.37 seconds this season, has now set his sights on trying to make it to the Paris Olympics in 2024.

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