King ambition is to rule at World trials
SPRINT hurdler David King will be hoping to tap into his impressively rich vein of form at the Aviva World Junior Athletics Trials and UK Championships in Bedford this weekend.
Qualification at the prestigious under-20 meeting for King in the 100m hurdles will automatically present him a place at the World Juniors in Barcelona.
Winning a place on the plane to the Catalan capital is an 'awesome' prospect for the City of Plymouth AC track star.
But while it would be a career high for King, who turned 18 on Wednesday, the Worlds would throw up an immediate conflict of interest for King.
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The reason being the proximity of the English Schools Athletics Finals, with King knowing he cannot compete successfully in both events.
Bath University-bound King would like to bow out with a medal at the schools finals in Gateshead on July 6/7, but representing his country at Barcelona (July 10-15), would be another feather in the cap for the fast-improving King.
For King, though, coached by Plymouth coach Steve Endacott at Brickfields, dipping below the 14 second mark would give him immense pleasure, too, at Bedford.
King admitted he has found it difficult finding athletes quick enough to train with in preparation for top events.
He is, therefore, thankful that club-mate and fellow sprinter Nathan Higgins is back in harness and can at least test him.
The teenager underlined his potential in winning gold in the 100m at the Devon County Championships and a bronze on his international debut with the Great Britain hurdle relay squad in Belgium.
King, who rose to second in the UK rankings for his age category after a bronze medal finish at the Loughborough International, feels he is in a good place at the moment and does not want the good run to dry up.
"I'm quite confident but not complacent, as I know I've got it in me to get below 14 seconds," said King.
"But if I can get near the 13.75 qualifying time for Barcelona then it should be good enough.
"For if I'm going that quick then I don't think anyone else will be with me.
"But if I don't do that at the trials and miss out on the junior worlds, I'll be disappointed, naturally.
"But again, there's the English Schools and I'd love to end this period of my career by winning a medal in the finals," added King, who has just left Devonport High School for Boys.