COLCHESTER’S international race walker Dominic King is targeting his best-ever performance at a major event ahead of his World Championships appearance this weekend.

The Colchester Harriers member will go for glory for Great Britain in the men’s 50k race walk in London, on Sunday.

King will become the first 50 kilometre race walker to represent British Athletics at a World Championships in 22 years, this weekend.

The event will bring back fond memories for the 34-year-old, who competed in the capital city at the 2012 Olympics.

And the two-time Olympian says he would love to produce a memorable performance on home territory, having previously competed at two other major athletics events in the UK.

King said: “I’ve done a few major championships here now and with each one, I try and improve on my previous results.

“I’m looking forward to putting in a good performance in London.

“It would be great to see lots of people from Colchester there in London on Sunday.”

King has just returned from three weeks at the National Centre for Altitude Training at Font Romeu, in the South of France.

He will head into the event in confident mood, having clocked a new personal best (PB) of five minutes 56.80 second in the one-mile race walk at last month’s Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium.

The men’s 50k race walk will bring the curtain down on the ten-day World Championship, as part of a unique ‘Festival of Race Walks’.

It is set on a 2km loop between Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch.

And with no other athletics action being staged at the World Championships on Sunday morning, it will allow for more spectators to watch the event for free.

The men’s 50k race walk is the ultimate test of endurance and race walking form.

The gun will sound at 7.55am and the athletes will complete 25 laps, with a 52-strong field taking part over the longer distance.

Victorious athletes will then be presented with their medals on The Mall, providing a royal backdrop for the ceremonies.

Australia’s Jared Tallent, a three-time world medallist, Japanese star Hiroki Arai, world record-holder Yohann Diniz and Evan Dunfee of Canada are all in the running for medals.