Silver lining as Danny King helps Great Britain to runners-up finish in World Cup Final

Danny King on the top step of the podium following his British Final success last month with Great B

Danny King on the top step of the podium following his British Final success last month with Great Britain team-mates Craig Cook (left) and Robert Lambert (right). Picture: JEFF DAVIES - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon speedway star Danny King is the proud owner of a World Cup silver medal.

King helped Great Britain finish as runners-up to Poland in the final of the annual event last night at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester.

The 29 year-old scored five points from as many rides, ending a difficult night on a high with a vital victory in the penultimate race as the host nation charged from last to second in the standings.

King said: “I had a really disappointing start when touching the tapes in my first race and being excluded.

“I was then a bit nervous about doing it again in my second ride and ended up missing the start as a result.

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“But I gradually got myself going and it was brilliant to finish with an important race win in my last ride.

“To win a silver medal is a fantastic achievement and it was a huge honour to be part of the Great Britain team.”

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The medal success continued a memorable season for King, who captured the British title for the first time last month and then rode in a first-ever World Championship event, the British SGP, earlier in July.

Poland roared to victory on 39 points last night with Great Britain seven points adrift on 32. Sweden, the 2015 winners, had to settle for bronze on 30 points while Australia brought up the rear on 22.

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