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Llopis is discharged after his serious fall in the European 'indoor'

   MADRID, 6 Mar.

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Llopis is discharged after his serious fall in the European 'indoor'


The Spanish athlete Enrique Llopis has been discharged from hospital this Monday after his serious and spectacular fall in the final of the 60 m hurdles of the European Championship on the Indoor Track in Istanbul (Turkey), according to the Valencian Community Athletics Federation.

"Quique Llopis has already been discharged from the hospital. An unequivocal sign that he is fine," the federal entity reported in a message on its profile on the social network Twitter.

Llopis, who broke into the 60m hurdles final with the second best time, suffered a spectacular fall in the final when he ran into the last obstacle. The Spaniard was removed on a stretcher and had to be hospitalized, from where he sent a reassuring message. "All the tests have gone well, now to recover," he said in a video shared by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) on social networks.

According to the Valencian Federation, the athlete, accompanied by his father and his coach, will spend the night in a hotel in Istanbul, to fly to Spain this Tuesday.

After the serious fall in the final, none of the competitors worried about the state of Llopis, lying on the ground while his rivals celebrated the results. Also the Swiss Jason Joseph, champion of the test, who apologized on his Instagram profile. "First things first. I'm sorry I didn't check that you were okay. I was lost, totally blocked from my surroundings. I hope you're okay, see you in the open air," wrote the Basel hurdler.

His teammates Adel Mechaal and Adrián Ben, silver and gold in the European 'indoor', recounted on their arrival in Madrid on Monday how they experienced the episode. "We were stunned, we thought he had fallen and nothing else. But when they put the blankets on him, we got scared. Then they told us he was fine and we calmed down, but it was a scare," confessed the 3,000-meter continental runner-up.

In addition, Mechaal acknowledged that it was "a pity" for Llopis's chances of a medal in the final. "A technical error, or whatever it may have been, caused a fatal fall," lamented the Spanish athlete.

For his part, the 800-meter European champion in Istanbul said he "hoped Llopis would win", so it was "very shocking" when he saw the fall. "You see that things are complicated as soon as they put the blanket on, a colleague is lying on the ground and you can't go help him and see how he is. We have been watching," Ben said.