Flying visit proves worthwhile as Sports Performance alumnus David King records victory at European Indoor Athletics Selection Trials
King, who studied Sports Performance and is now training in the United States, only arrived back in the UK on Saturday morning but went straight to Lee Valley and recorded winning times of 7.79 in the first round and 7.73 in the final.
To run that after that trip, I’m really happy,” he told the British Athletics website. “I actually arrived at Heathrow at 8.30am. I’ve just flown in from Phoenix so it must be about 4am or 5am right now, for me.
“There has been such limited competition opportunity even in America. I just wanted to have the chance to come here and try and run the time. I just needed to prove some form and I’m really happy with the time of 7.73.”
There were two further University of Bath alumni taking part in the women’s 3000m race in Manchester, with Rosie Clarke placing third in 8:58.97 and Jenny Nesbitt fifth in 9:09.14.
Andrew Robertson and Jazmin Sawyers, who both used to train at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, recorded victories in the men’s 60m (6.61) and women’s long jump (6.45m) respectively.
The GB trials for next month’s European Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland were staged behind closed doors at three venues – Lee Valley, Manchester and Loughborough – for Covid-compliant reasons.