A few weeks ago, Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig earned his spot on Team Spain for the World Championships. Now he has his first Spanish national title.
Hortelano-Roig was the sprinting star at the Spanish National Championships, held in Madrid, Spain, over the weekend, as he finished 2nd in the 100m (10.43, wind +0.2) and won the 200m (20.58, wind +1.9). The 100m time is a new personal best. The 200m time ties his World Championships qualifying mark and is a new national meet record.
“I’m very satisfied with my tally this weekend. I now look forward to competing at the Worlds at both the 200m and the 4x100m Relays,” Hortelano-Roig shared with reporter Emeterio Valiente. “How fast I can run the 200m? That’s impossible to predict. After Moscow, I’ll return to the US to complete my degree as I only have one year left but it’s still early days to know what I will do afterwards. Anyway, I have a clear target which is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”
Feel free to check out his post-meet interview with frequency.com (recommended for anyone who is fluent in Spanish).
The last time an Ivy Leaguer ran that fast in the 100m (wind legally anyways) was back in 2006, with Dartmouth’s Faith Stanley running a 10.42. Stanley’s mark is the 10th fastest mark in conference history. Hortelano-Roig’s 200m time is the 2nd fastest in both conference history and Spanish history.