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Coupeville grad Kyle King (second from right) ran the marathon at the Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

He’s the fastest man America had in country.

Coupeville grad Kyle King beat out his two running partners from Team USA Sunday, claiming 8th out of 84 runners in the marathon at the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

King covered the 26.2 mile course at the event, which is similar to the Olympics, in two hours, 16.56 minutes, which tops his time of 2:18.04 at the Eugene Marathon in April.

That race qualified him for the Team USA trials for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The 2008 CHS grad is slated to make his bid for the US Olympic team Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

King, who is a Captain in the Marine Corps, is currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

While there, he works out with “The Good Boys” Run Club, a group made up of runners training for the Team USA trials who live and work in the area.

His two-week trip to China gave him a chance to run against some of the best from around the world.

Leche Shumi of Bahrain won the marathon, with runners from Tanzania, Rwanda, Mongolia, Poland, and King hot on his trail.

During his days on Whidbey, King won five state track and field titles, tying him with Natasha Bamberger as the most-decorated athlete in CHS history.

He won the 3200 three straight years (2006-2008), added the 1600 crown in 2007, and ran a leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay unit in 2006.

After graduation, King ran as an NCAA D-I scholarship athlete at two schools – Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

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