ATHLETICS: King and Battershill produce solid runs at Diamond League meetings

DAVID KING and Will Battershill both produced solid displays at Diamond League meetings.

City of Plymouth’s King came fourth in the men’s 110m hurdles at the meeting in Zurich on Thursday.

King clocked 13.60 seconds to finish behind Switzerland’s Jason Joseph, Spain’s Enrique Llopis an American Eric Edwards.

Meanwhile, Erme Valley’s Battershill ran the second fastest time of his career as he finished 12th in 20-strong 3,000m steeplechase field at the meeting in Xiamen, China, on Saturday.

Battershill, competing in only his second Diamond League event, finished strongly and clocked 8:23.00, which was just 0.36 of a second of his PB. He did beat British rival Zak Seddon again. Seddon came 15th in 8:26.48.

Meanwhile closer to home, Tavistock’s Thomas Hennessey showed why he is ranked third in the UK in the under-13 boys’ 1,500m rankings with another impressive display at the BMC Meeting at Exeter.

Hennessey clocked 4:32.73, which was just 0.37 of a second off his PB.

In the 800m, Plymouth’s Dan Newman clocked 1:59.55, while team-mate Hayley Smith set a new PB of 2:19.18.

In the Exeter Open Meeting, running alongside the BMC event, City of Plymouth hurdler Henry Curtis, fresh from representing England U20s, clocked 11.24 for the 100m and a PB of 35.97 for the 300m.

Tavistock’s under-15 athlete Caleb Gifford-Groves, better known for 800m running, also did the 300m and clocked 41.76 seconds, while he also set a 100m PB of 13.59.

Nicolas Maczugowski, who was another City of Plymouth athlete to earn England honours the weekend before, won the 400m in 50.91, while Tavistock’s Ruben Ganfield leaped 1.60m in the U17 high jump.

Full results of the BMC meeting can be found HERE

Full results of the Exeter Open can be found HERE

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