Slow start leaves Levy second to resurgent Ortega in Birmingham

By August 18, 2018
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A slow start from Jamaica’s Ronald Levy at the Birmingham Diamond League left him with two much to do to catch a resurgent Orlando Ortega from Spain. 

Ortega, who has had a poor season, got out of the blocks and hurdled beautifully throughout, clocking a season’s best 13.08 seconds. Ortega had previously gone 13.17, showing a glimpse of the talent he showed when challenging World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod in seasons past.

Levy, on the other hand, found himself left in the blocks but got into his running and surged from lane two in the middle of the race, unfortunately, he had too much to do and was easily beaten into second, finishing in 13.22, well off his season’s best 13.13.

The well-beaten Jamaican had also run past Frenchman Pascal Lagarde, who looked to be Ortega’s only challenger throughout the middle part of the race. The United States’ Freddie Crittenden ran a personal best 13.27 to end even with Lagarde, but a photo finish gave the Frenchman the edge.

Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi was fifth in 13.35, while the rest of the field was rounded out by Gabriel Constantino, 13.41, Canada’s Johnathan Cabral, 13.46, and Great Britain’s David King, 13.53.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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