Spain claim two medals in World Indoor Championships

Óscar Husillos. The 400-metre specialist was stripped of gold.
Óscar Husillos. The 400-metre specialist was stripped of gold. / EFE
  • Óscar Husillos could have won the third with a record time in the 400 metres but was disqualified for lane infringement

This year's World Indoor Champsionships were bittersweet for Spain who claimed two medals, but could have come away with one more (and a European record to boot) had Óscar Husillos not been disqualified for lane infringement in the 400 metres final in Birmingham on Saturday.

The athlete from Palencia, alongside Dominican Luguelín Santos, was disqualified for stepping out of his lane after recording a time of 44.92, which would have been a competition as well as European record time. Husillos only found out about the decision later when talking to the press. As a result, first place went to the Czech Pavel Maskal, with a time of 45.47, second to American Michael Cherry (45.84) and third to Deon Lendore (46.37) from Trinidad and Tobago.

If it weren't for the decision, Husillos would have broken the long-standing record of German Thomas Schoenlebe (45.05), which dated back to 5 February 1988.

Two undisputable successes

Before the controversy hit, Saúl Ordóñez produced the biggest shock of the day. The 800-metre specialist from El Bierzo (León) came in third behind favourite Adam Kszczot (gold) and American Drew Windle who was briefly disqualified but then reinstated after an appeal.

A few hours before that, Ana Peleteiro from Galicia also got bronze in the triple jump with a lifetime best jump of 14.40 metres.

The gold went to Venezuelan and strong favourite, Yulimar Rojas (14.63), also coached by Iván Pedroso, while silver went to Jamaican Kimberley Williams (14.48).

Peleteiro earned a place on the podium on her third attempt, beating her previous record by 17 centimetres.