ANDhe Meeting of Ibiza Toni Bonet, disputed one more year in the tartan of the Can Misses Stadium, was once again a fantastic example of symbiosis between elite athletics and the popularwith some of the great stars of the Spanish scene sharing the dance floor with children aged eight and up.
And it was difficult to discern whether the little ones enjoyed it more or the consecrated athletes, who experienced the meeting as a real party that also served for most of them as a kick-off to its summer season.
It was not the case Orlando Ortegathat already had debuted last Wednesday at the meeting in Nerja. The Olympic runner-up in the 110 hurdles at Rio 2016, who this season he has returned to the eight steps before the first fencewon the test that closed the meeting with a time of 13.66 (-1.3).
Time is not too reseable because Orlando and his father, with whom he has returned to training after his time in Cyprus with the help of Antonis Giannoulakisare working right now on improving the passage of the Hispanic-Cuban through the first four hurdles.
Orlando’s triumph was added to that of Adel Mechaalwho minutes before had stayed 23 hundredths of the record of the meeting in the 3,000 meters that has Ferdinand Carro since last year with 7:47.02. The prevailing wind on the finish straight played against the European indoor record holder of the distance, who comes from training at altitude in Turkey.
Even more exciting was the victory of Adrian Ben in the 800. The Olympic finalist in Tokyo had to overcome stiff opposition from his training partner Pablo Sánchez-Valladareswhich he ended up beating with 150 meters to go to win with a time of 1:47.43.
The one who could not savor the first place was scar spindlesagain second in the 200 meters after the Dominican yancarlos martinezwhich won with a record of 21.02 (-1.0) compared to 21.44 for the ‘Expreso de Astudillo’.
Berta Segura double
In the female category, the double of Bertha Segura in the 200 and 400 meters with two times of 24.64 (-1.3) and 53.80 and the resounding victory of a toned Gueda Muoz in the unusual 2,000 meters with the third best Spanish mark in history (5:47.67).
The ‘sorpasso’ of the afternoon starred Luca Pinacchiowhich with a time of 2:06.12 doubled daniela garca (2:06.42), one of the emerging stars of the Spanish middle ground, in the 800 meters.
Finally, highlight the triumphs of the Peruvian Jose Luis Mandros in length with a best flight of 8.10 (+0.5) and the athlete from Santo Tom and Principe Agate de Sousa in the same test with 6.72 (+1.8).