Unbelievable Meeting De Madrid 2016 Success Stories
2016 Madrid International Athletics Meeting, part of the IAAF circuit of one‐day athletics meetings, took place at the Moratalaz Municipality Sport Complex in the Spanish capital city. Talented athletes competed for the top spots in their categories.
According to RFEA, the event was attended by six Spanish record holders, 15 Spanish season’s leaders in their events, eight top world athletes and no less than 25 performers with international medals in Olympic Games, World or European Championships.
Bosnian Amel Tuka, last year’s winner of the 800-metre race, Ethiopian Mohamed Aman, Yulimar Rojas, Raphael Holzdeppe, Oksana Okuneva and Sahily Diago are just a few of the names that might ring a bell for athletics lovers. As for the Spaniards that fought for titles, some of them were Kevin Lopez, Daniel Andujar, Antonio Reina, David Palacio, Alejandro Estevez, Ruth Beitia, Orlando Ortega and Alvaro de Arriba.
The night was full of surprises and a series of national records were beaten. For instance, Costa Rica’s 2012 world indoor champion Nery Brenes broke his own five-year-old 400m record by finishing the men’s 400m dash in 44.60 seconds.
The 100-metre race was the most interesting of the night, where Bruno Hortelano was among the protagonists, beating the Spanish record in this category twice, with 10.08 in semis and 10.06 in the final. The winner of the race was Hassan Taftian from Iran, with 10.04.
Yulimar Rojas also made history at the Meeting de Madrid, as the world indoor triple jump champion managed a national record of 15.02m, thus becoming the 24th woman to jump 15.00m or more. She is now just two centimetres behind Colombian Caterine Ibarguen.
As for the women’s high jump, Ruth Beitia was the winner with 1.93m, the same height as Italy’s Alessia Trost. Beitia was elected the winner due to fewer failures earlier in the competition.
The 400m hurdles men’s final was won by Jeshua Anderson in 48.96, while Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina led the men’s 800m race setting the season’s best of 1:45.23.
Finally, Orlando Ortega won the 110m hurdles, although he didn’t manage to beat his recent record of 13.12.