MADRID, 21 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Spanish-Cuban athlete Orlando Ortega, current Olympic runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles, assured that he is “very well and mentally calm” after leaving behind a complicated foot injury that has prevented him from competing in recent months, but that he is not it will prevent us from reaching the Tokyo Games “in perfect shape”.
Absent since February 7, the hurdler will return to competition this coming weekend at the Spanish Open Air Athletics Championships in Getafe (Madrid) after dealing with a rare ailment in his left foot known as the syndrome of Morton, an inflammation of one of the plantar digital nerves, which are the ones that run between the toes and that were slow to detect.
“Right now I feel very well, mentally very calm, which is the most important thing and I will arrive in perfect shape at the Tokyo Games,” said Ortega during the ceremony of recognition of his silver medal in Rio 2016 organized by the Olympic Committee Spanish and the Mondo company, which gave him one of the billboards that night.
Now, the hurdler’s “main objective” is the Spanish Championship this coming weekend. “I like to set short-term goals. The injury has improved a lot, I am not one hundred percent, but I am calm and happy because I can compete and do very well at the Nacional,” he said.
“Looking ahead to the Tokyo Games, we will see as competition after competition. Maybe there will be two before Tokyo and I think I can get there very well. We will fight until the end,” warned the current Olympic runner-up in 110 mv.
Ortega also did not hide that he has had “difficult months” due to an injury that was “quite painful.” “I could hardly walk, my foot was swollen and I could hardly get out of bed, but I have had good support, my physios, my coach and the doctors and now I am calm,” he said.
“I try not to think too much about the injury. Now I can pass hurdles, which is the most important thing, and I have to prepare well mentally and physically for the upcoming competitions,” added the athlete.
In addition, he referred to the good moment his discipline is experiencing with the appearance of Asier Martínez and Enrique Llopis. “Spectacular is very short, I have seen their races and it seems to me a real outrage when they run,” he said.
“I am happy for the RFEA because they are two very young and very talented kids for many years, and personally I like the idea that I have two that are going to put pressure on me in the Spanish Championship and I will try to make it difficult for them. I have seen his career at the Madrid Meeting and I am proud as an athlete and as a friend because I know them both, “he said.