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ATHLETICS: Plymouth’s King and Bee set new PBs, while Landers wins Looe 10

PLYMOUTH’S David King celebrated his Great Britain call-up for the World Indoor Championships by smashing his personal best and medalling at the World Indoor Tour event in Madrid on Wednesday night.

King actually broke his lifetime best twice within the space of a couple of hours at the prestigious competition in Spain.

He clocked 7.61 seconds to finish second in his semi-final and beat his British rival and world indoor champion Andy Pozzi in the process.

And then he produced a sensation run in the final to come within an inch of his biggest win of his career.

He clocked 7.57 seconds to move to the top of the UK rankings and just miss out on gold by 0.01 of a second.

In a photo finish it was almost impossible to separate him from Spaniards Asier Martinez and Enrique Llopis. However, Martinez was given the win in 7.56 seconds, with Llopis also given the same time and King 7.57. The trio were well clear of the rest of a strong field.

King’s performance in Spain will have given him massive confidence going into this month’s World Championships in Belgrade. His previous best time was 7.63 seconds, which he had run four times.

Meanwhile in America, King’s City of Plymouth team-mate Emily Bee broke her indoor pentathlon personal best as she came second in the Horizon League Championships in Youngstown.

Bee, competing for Youngstown University, finished with a total of 3,583 points.

She ran 8.90 seconds for the 60m hurdles, leaped a season’s best of 1.65m in the high jump and achieved 5.42m in the long jump. In the shot she threw 9.89m and finished off with 2:32.84 800m.

Her score puts her in the UK’s top 15 for the multi-event and will be a boost to her ahead of the outdoor season. She also jumped 1.60m in the individual high jump and 5.41m in the individual long jump, which she did in the middle of her pentathlon.

Away from the track, Tamar Trotters’ Jacob Landers produced an impressive run to win the popular Looe 10 on Sunday.

Landers clocked 58.14 minutes for the tough course to win by more than four minutes, with Truro’s Seve Reynolds taking second (62.47) and Mile High’s Tom Morton claiming third (62.50).

East Cornwall Harriers’ Lisa Picton finished second woman on the day and first F45 with a 1:16.29 run. She was only beaten by RAF athlete Rachel Parker.

There were female age group prizes for Storm Plymouth’s Charlene Matthews (2nd F35, 1:20.56), East Cornwall’s Sharon Daw (1st F55, 1:21.37), Tamar Trotters’ Jane Bremner (1st F60, 1:20.33) and Tamar Trotters’ Linda Tout (2nd F70, 1:54.27).

There were men’s age group prizes for East Cornwall’s Oliver Jones (1st, M45, 1:05.32), Tamar Trotters’ Crispin Brabner (3rd M50,1:13.25), Tamar Trotters’ Kevin Edward (2nd M55, 1:15.02), East Cornwall’s David Philp (1st M60, 1:14.58), Erme Valley Harriers’ David Engledew (2nd M60, 1:19.09) and East Cornwall athletes John Sudell (2nd M65, 1:32.19) and Jim Lockyer (3rd M65, 1:45.15).

East Cornwall Harriers took second in the women’s team category, with Plymouth Musketeers third, while Tamar Trotters were second in the men’s team category.

Full results can be found HERE.

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