Best Spanish Brand in 150
Orlando Ortega, an Olympic silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles and whom we recently interviewed in the Corridor Stock Exchange, faced one of the young talents of Spanish athletics, Ignacio Sáez, in Madrid's Vallehermoso stadium, which witnessed his 'return to the track' after months of competitive inactivity due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Ortega was measured, over the distance of 150 meters, the youth sprinter Nacho Sáez, holder of the record of Spain sub'18 of 400 meters on the indoor track with a time of 47.86. Orlando Ortega dominated the race from the start and stopped the chronometer at 15.57 beating Sáez, who credited a time of 16.16. Ortega's was the best Spanish brand ever at this distance.
A hopeful return
“Orlando is the greatest athlete in Spain today and I have only come to help him. It is an honor that I have been chosen to run and I am proud because it is the profile of an athlete that I want to be, ”said Sáez at the end of the race.
For Orlando Ortega is this first test marked his return to the slopes in an atypical season in which, postponed the Olympic Games and canceled the European of Paris, will focus on the Diamond League.
Apart from the race between Orlando Ortega and Nacho Sáez, there was also another test within the competition program with four members from minor categories and which served as a promotion for the Madrid sports schools that usually train at the Vallehermoso facility.
Great security measures
The event was carried out with the maximum safety and hygiene measures and had the support of GO Fit Athletics and the collaboration of the Madrid City Council and the sponsorship of 226ERS.
The little public that could enter the stadium, after taking the temperature, was placed in the central tribune with two separation seats between each one.
Supporting this initiative, in Vallehermoso were present Fermín Cacho, 1,500 meter Olympic champion in Barcelona'92; Ruth Beitia, Olympic champion of high jump in Rio 2016, and Sofía Miranda, councilor of the Sports area of the Madrid City Council.