Looks like Spain has a new King of the Sprints.
Bruno Hortelano (Cornell ’14) broke the Spanish national record in the 100m not once, but twice, today at the Meeting de Madrid competition. Hortelano first broke the national record of 10.14 in the semifinals where he ran 10.08, but he turned it up in the finals where he broke it again with a 10.06 time to finish second overall in the event. The time is an Olympic qualifier and the fastest time ever run by a HepsNation athlete.
“This is a tremendously important season for me so I have worked harder than ever looking for these kind of times,” Hortelano was quoted in the IAAF meet recap. “I’m now closer enough to think of running under the 10-second barrier but the 200m will remain my primary goal and that’s the distance I will contest at the European Championships in Amsterdam. I would like to dedicate this performance to Angel Rodriguez, the former record-holder, who has inspired me a lot throughout the years, and to my coach Adrian Durant.”
Hortelano is also the Spanish record holder in the 200m with 20.47, which he set earlier this season (we reported it here). It is also an Olympic qualifying mark.