04 September 2018 Ortega To Take On Great North CityGames NewcastleGateshead

SPANISH hurdler Orlando Ortega will be the one to watch in the 110m hurdles event at this weekend's Great North CityGames.

Ortega, who won silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will be the headline name over obstacles in the innovative urban athletics event which returns for its tenth anniversary on Saturday afternoon.

The hurdler will take on Shane Brathwaite and Great Britain's David King on the pop-up track on Gateshead Quayside.

Barbados athlete Brathwaite was a finalist over the 110m hurdles on the Gold Coast in the Commonwealth Games and was part of his country's relay team in the 4x100m finals, and also qualified for the final in last summer's World Championships in London, while King represented England at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

In the women's 100m hurdles race, Great Britain pair Yasmin Miller and Alicia Barrett will take on European opposition in Eefje Boons and Nadine Hildebrand.

Miller, who won silver in the British Indoor Championships earlier this year, will vie with Barrett, a finalist over 100m at the Commonwealth Games.

A season's best time of 12.64 puts Hildebrand slight favourite in this race, but Holland's Boons will give the German a run for her money having clocked a personal best 12.86 this year.

With a range of events on offer from 100m sprints to the one-mile distance, and including pole-vault and long jump in a specially constructed multi sports arena on the banks of the Tyne and for the first time in Stockton-on-Tees, the Great North CityGames kicks off a weekend of first-class sporting action which encompasses the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Simplyhealth Great North 5k, the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10K and finishes with the world-famous Simplyhealth Great North Run on Sunday.

The athletics action is free to watch, no ticket is required, and the event is broadcast live on BBC One from 1.15pm.

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