Organisers of the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais have confirmed that sprint hurdlers Orlando Ortega and Pascal Martinot Lagarde, long jumpers Ese Brume and Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk and Ethiopian distance runner Selemon Barega will compete at the World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Lievin on 19 February.
Birmingham Diamond League men report
It’s not just the gold medallists who gain valuable experience from competing at the IAAF World U20 Championships. Many athletes who exit the championships in the heats or qualifying rounds go on to become stars of the sport in their senior years.
Spain’s Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega says that earning a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games was one of the pivotal moments in his development.
Spain’s Orlando Ortega and France’s Dimitri Bascou will line up against current world leader Andy Pozzi and fellow Briton David Omoregie in the 60m hurdles at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting, in Birmingham on 18 February.
When quizzed about whether she had Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme meeting record of 10.72 in mind as she went into her last race of the season, Elaine Thompson said that she just wanted to run fast and professed not to even be aware of what her compatriot had run three years ago.
A torrential downpour which caused a 25-minute delay to the action after the second heat made for a demanding qualification session for the hurdlers trying to navigate a route through to Tuesday’s semi-finals.