|Daniel King Walks to Record
Daniel King (Coventry University AC & Colchester Harriers) set a UK Under 23
Indoor 5000m Walk record of 20.24.04 in Belfast yesterday at the Irish Indoor
Championships. He finished third behind triple Olympic Champion Robert
Korzeniowski from Poland and Ireland’s Robbie Heffernan. It is the fastest time by a
British athlete for 12 years and breaks the Under 23 record set in 1985 by
Phil Vesty by 6.58 seconds. The last time he lined up against Korzeniowski in
Russia in 2003 he was somewhat overawed, starting too quickly and struggling in
the closing stages. In Belfast he produced a mature even paced performance to
break the record and take his biggest podium finish to date!
Dan studies Sport & Exercise Science and is a recipient of a Sporting
Excellence Scholarship from the University and last week was part of the team that
placed seventh in the BUSA Cross Country Championships - the best ever finish by
the University - together with Matt Lole (Fine Art), twin brother Dominic King
(Sport & Exercise Science) and Job King (Physiotherapy).
His next race will be the first European Athletics Association Grand Prix of
the season over 20km in Douglas, Isle of Man on 28 February with his brother
Dominic. They will be seeking to qualify for the Norwich Union GB Team to
compete in the World Cup of Race Walking in Germany in May.
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