News12 Feb 2019

Ortega-Eaton showdown set for Dusseldorf


Jarret Eaton in the 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Madrid (© Jean-Pierre Durand)

Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega and Jarret Eaton, the World Indoor Championships silver medallist, will face-off in the 60m hurdles at the PSD Bank Athletics Meeting in Dusseldorf on 20 February, the final stop of the 2019 IAAF World Indoor Tour.

The pair have split their two head-to-heads on the World Indoor Tour this year, Ortega clocking a quick 7.49 to win in Torun on 6 February before Eaton evened the score two days later in Madrid, edging the Spaniard by a scant 0.01 in 7.56.

Eaton, a two-time US champion in the event, sits atop the World Indoor Tour standings with 25 points after three competitions, eight ahead of Ortega, who has competed twice. With the athletes' best three performances counting towards the overall series victory, the tour winner in the event will likely come down to this series-capping face-off.

Meanwhile, the women's triple jump will feature a rematch between the top-two finishers at last summer's European Championships, with Paraskeví Papahrístou of Greece taking on German Kristin Gierisch.

Gierisch, who jumped to world indoor silver in 2016 and European indoor gold in 2017, improved the German indoor record to 14.59m in Chemnitz on Sunday while Papahrístou, the 2016 world indoor bronze medallist, has yet to compete this winter.

The meeting record of 14.84m was set by Cuban Yargelis Savigne in 2010.

Bob Ramsak and organisers for the IAAF