The IAAF reconsiders its position and gives the bronze to Orlando Ortega
After all the mess that was mounted after the "rubbing" (to put it mildly) between the Jamaican McLeod and the Spaniard Orlando Ortega, finally the IAAF, in a statement issued this Thursday afternoon, has decided award the bronze medal to the athlete of Cuban origin in a kind of ‘consolation’ award.
Two claims later
Two claims have been necessary to repair the injustice that the Spaniard Orlando Ortega was subjected on Wednesday night at the 110m hurdles final of the Doha World Cups.
On the second, the Jury of Appeal has recognized the evidence: Ortega was hampered by the title defender, the Jamaican McLeod, when the Havana was about to win his first medal in a World Cup.
“Not like that, uncle, not like that. That they beat me by competing hard because they were better, I accept itor, but not this way, not like that. ” In a symbolic interview after the race in Qatar, Ortega was outraged by the performance of the Jamaican, a repeat offender in this type of action. In the ‘affaire’ images you can clearly see how McLeod crosses the road to Orlando and staggers clearly when he was in clear progression. We will never know what could have happened, but we will always remember this final for the enormous professionalism of Orlando and for the fight for justice.
The jury of appeal reconsidered the case in the 110m hurdles final and in view of the obstruction which impeded @ 110_ortega, the jury directs that a second medal be awarded to Ortega.#WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/ICTREozU8U
- IAAF (@iaaforg) October 3, 2019