Hurdler Ortega Cuba Rejoins Athletics Team to Moscow Championships

Orlando Ortega

Orlando Ortega

Havana, Jul 23  –  The short hurdler Orlando Ortega rejoined today the list of athletes who will represent Cuba at the World Athletics Championships to take place in Moscow from 10 to 18 August.

Ortega, 110 meters hurdles, was released Tuesday from his sanction and he is fit to resume international competitions, according to the National Athletic Commission.

The measure responds to the good discipline showed by him after the offense made, the rapid recognition of the error and the training delivery, highlights the text released to the press.

Ortega received a suspension of six months without attending international competitions for refusing to participate in the World Challenge in Moscow on June 11, where he had already confirmed their presence by the Cuban Athletics Federation (FCA).

Ortega is a serious candidate for medals in the coming World Cup, because this year he is owner of a time of 13.08 achieved in Eugene, Oregon, United States, on June 1.

In that trial he won the silver medal behind the Jamaican Hansle Parchment, 13.05, best record of the year until last July 3 when the U.S. David Oliver took over the lead after getting a 13.03 in the eighth stop of the Diamond League.

Undoubtedly, Ortega, along with the pole-vaulter Yarisley Silva, discus thrower Yarelis Barrios and triple-jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo are the Cuba’s greatest options for climbing the podium in Moscow.

Source: Prensa Latina

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