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Racing against a deep international field, the 34-year-old from Bend, Oregon averaged an astonishing 6:14 minute per mile pace to not only break the existing world record of 6:30:11, but also help lead the United States Men’s team to an overall team title.
The course laid out in Doha, Qatar was a flat asphalt and pavement loop of 5K, making the pace faster than normal and necessitating a detailed nutritional plan from King, who said, “Over the course of the last couple of years I’ve been able to learn a ton about my nutritional needs. I’ve been lucky that through trial and error — mostly error – I’ve been able to get my nutrition plan down well enough that I don’t have to improvise as much. Being able to follow a plan, rather than just improvising, really helps with the mental side of racing as well; it just gives you that much more confidence.”
King’s world title at Doha is the second of his career, coming after his victory in the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships. In his illustrious career, he has also placed fourth in the 2014 Western States Endurance Run, won the XTerra Trail Race World Championships three times and finished 19th in the marathon and 6th place in the steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012.
The U.S. team topped Japan, Great Britain, Sweden and Italy to win the overall gold behind King’s win and strong performances from Zach Miller, Michael Wardian and Nicholas Accardo.
King plans to take a month off to recover from the world championships before gearing up for a spring marathon in preparation for qualifying for the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials, but his “A” race for 2015 will be the Comrades Marathon in South Africa in May.
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