Spanish hurdler is rushed to hospital in a neck brace after a horror fall at European Indoor Championships – before giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed in Istanbul
- Medics rushed to help Spanish hurdler Enrique Llopis following a nasty fall
- He clipped the final hurdle competing at the European Indoor Championships
- Llopis was swiftly transferred to a nearby hospital where he is now recovering
Spanish hurdler Enrique Llopis was in hospital on Sunday night after a horror fall in the 60 metres hurdles final at the European Indoor Championships.
The 22-year-old, who was a medal contender in the race, lay motionless on the track after he crashed into the final hurdle and smashed his head on the floor.
Medics quickly rushed to the aid of Llopis, who was shielded from the view of spectators by a white tent.
The crowd inside the Atakoy Arena in Istanbul fell silent as doctors treated the stricken athlete for five minutes.
Llopis was eventually carried off the track on a stretcher and in a neck brace, with a doctor from the Spanish team giving a thumbs-up, leading to applause from the stands.
There was real concern for Spanish hurdle star Enrique Llopis (left) after a nasty fall on Sunday
Medics raced to attend to him as he lay motionless following the fall during the 60m final
He left the arena in a neck brace before being transferred to a nearby hospital for more tests
The Spanish federation later said their participant was transferred to hospital by ambulance but he was conscious.
‘The message we were looking forward to hearing. @llopis110 is fine and wants to thank you for all the support you have shown him in these last few hours,’ they said.
Llopis had won his semi-final and was in contention for a bronze medal in a race which was won by Switzerland’s Jason Joseph ahead of Poland’s Jakub Szymanski. Britain’s David King finished seventh.
The sickening incident came in the final event of four days of action in Istanbul.
Earlier, Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson and Jazmin Sawyers won gold medals in the 800 metres and long jump respectively.
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