Hortelano returns to competition with a 400m lifetime best in Tenerife

Hortelano gains rich reward with Spanish honour
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Bruno Hortelano clocked a 400m PB of 45.96 on his comeback to the track in Tenerife on Saturday

It has been almost two years since his last race and Bruno Hortelano could not hide his emotions as he made a triumphant return to athletics on Saturday (19).

The reigning European 200m champion is back after sustaining severe injuries in a car crash just after the Olympic Games in 2016 before illness halted his comeback during the indoor season.

But in Tenerife, he not only won over 400m but broke his personal best of 46.22 with 45.96. “The scars serve not to forget the obstacles that we have been able to overcome. I have returned to stay,” he tweeted.

Onwards and upwards for the sprinter who will now look with even more determination and enthusiasm towards the summer and the defence of his title at the European Championships in Berlin where he will face Turkey’s reigning world champion Ramil Guliyev.

Vicaut 10.00; Hughes 9.99w in the sprints

Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut remains one of the world’s leading sprinters and at the French Interclubs in Grenoble on Sunday (20), he moved to the top of the European 100m lists with victory in 10.00.

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His 10.00 replaced Zharnel Hughes at the top of the lists but the Brit will be a big threat in Berlin as he showed at the Boston Games on Sunday, winning the 100m in a marginally wind-assisted 9.99 (+2.4).

It was six years ago in Helsinki when France’s Pierre-Ambroise Bosse won European bronze but he is heading towards Berlin as a world champion after his shock 800m win at the IAAF World Championships last summer.

He made a good start to his summer campaign, winning in 1:49.22 at the French Interclubs in Arpajon. His next race will be in Huelva on 8 June.

Two European leading marks in Hania

The eighth staging of the Hania Meeting in Greece brought two European leading marks on Saturday.

First in the pole vault, Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou, who is on the comeback from maternity leave, cleared 4.72m in the pole vault before missing out at her three attempts at 4.84m and in the long jump, reigning European U20 champion Miltiadis Tentoglou won with 8.19m.

There could be three Greek pole vaulters heading to the European Championships in Berlin this summer as Eleni-Klaoudia Polak secured the qualifying standard with 4.45m.