Athletics

Plymouth’s King confirmed in British squad for World Indoor Championships

PLYMOUTH hurdler David King says he is ‘readier’ than he has ever been for a major competition after he was confirmed in Great Britain’s squad for the World Indoor Championships.

King was forced to wait until Tuesday to find out if he had a place on the plane to Belgrade after he was disqualified for a false start in the final of Sunday’s British trials in Birmingham.

But his impressive indoor season has been rewarded by the GB selectors, who have named him alongside Andy Pozzi to compete in the 60m hurdles in Serbia.

King recently equalled his lifetime best of 7.63 seconds and has also run 7.66 seconds three times in the last four weeks. He is ranked in the world’s top 20 on the IAAF point system rankings for sprint hurdles and his season’s best time is only 0.04 of a second behind 2018 world champion Pozzi.

After his selection for Belgrade was confirmed, King said: “Very proud to have made my second World Indoor Championship team.

“This season has been building nicely despite a slight hiccup on the weekend and I’m readier than I have ever been for a championship.”

British Athletics have only selected 33 athletes for the championships, which will be held over the weekend of March 18-20.

National head coach Christian Malcolm said: “We are pleased to have selected 33 athletes, so far, to represent the country at the World Athletics Indoor Championships. Those called-up have earned their vest and I know they’ll all represent their country with pride in Belgrade next month.

“We have a number of athletes who have really stepped up during this indoor season, setting a number of PBs and SBs, so it’ll be exciting to see how they translate that into the championship environment.”

Meanwhile, King will continue his indoor season on Wednesday at the World Tour event in Madrid, where he will be up against many of his rivals for Belgrade.

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