News : This is Orlando Ortega’s loaded indoor track schedule

News : This is Orlando Ortega’s loaded indoor track schedule

Orlando Ortega aims high in this 2021

Spaniard Orlando Ortega, Olympic runner-up in the 110m hurdles, has announced on social media his competition program for the 2021 indoor campaign, which includes eight appointments, including the European Championships in Torun (Poland). The athlete from Artemisa (Cuba) will begin his indoor journey on February 5 in Berlin, two days later he will race in Dortmund (Germany) and on the 9th in Lievin (France).

Will compete three times in Poland

On February 12 and 17 he plans to compete in Poland (Lodz and Torun), before returning to Spain to participate, on the 20th and 21st, at the national championships in Madrid and on the 24th, on the same track as Gallur, at the annual Madrid rally. He will close his winter campaign by returning to Poland to play the Europeans on an indoor track in Torun, from March 4 to 7.

Ortega, bronze in the 2019 Doha Outdoor World Cups, continues to train under the direction of the Greek Antonis Giannoulakis and throughout the year resides in Cyprus, in the Valencian Community and currently on the island of La Palma. The champion of Spain of 60 flat and with hurdles finished the year 2020 at the top of the world ranking in 110 m hurdles with the 13.11-second mark he set at the Monaco rally. Only seven other Spaniards, throughout history, have been leaders of the year in an athletic event.

An unprecedented double

His 2020 career was brilliant, despite the pandemic: an unprecedented double in the Spanish indoor championships in Orense (60-meter dash and hurdles) and four victories in his four open-air races, once released from confinement.

Thus we ended a difficult and short season but at the same time very satisfactory and full of good sensations. looking forward to next year, with a clear goal, Tokyo 2021 ″, Ortega wrote on Twitter after his last victory of 2019. Nationalized Spanish in 2015, Ortega intends to carefully prepare his new attack on the Olympic podium. In Rio 2016 he got the silver medal. In Tokyo he wants the gold.

“I am very ambitious. I have a silver medal in some Games and now, why not a gold medal? ”, He affirmed after his unusual double at the Orense nationals. If the covid-19 pandemic allows it, those in Tokyo will be its third Games. In the first, London 2012, he was sixth representing Cuba; in Rio 2016, already with the Spanish flag, runner-up.

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