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Spanish swimmer sacrifices race to honour Barcelona terror attack victims

As other swimmers took to the water, Fernando Alvarez remained on the starting blocks and sacrificed his own race in the 200m breaststroke final.

other sports Updated: Aug 22, 2017 21:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Spanish swimmer Fernando Alvarez sacrificed his own race to honour the victims of the Barcelona terror attack.(Stuff.co.nz Sport‏/Twitter)

It did not deter veteran Spanish swimmer Fernando Alvarez from observing a minute’s silence in tribute to the victims of the recent Barcelona terror attack despite the organisers of the Masters World Championships refusing his request.

As other swimmers took to the water, Alvarez remained on the starting blocks and sacrificed his own race in the 200m breaststroke final.

“They (organisers) told me that it was not possible (to have minute’s silence) because not a minute could be wasted. It’s something that has affected us all, but maybe because of the distance and because I have family there... I really think it would have been a good thing to do,” Alvarez was quoted as saying in the local media.

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“So I started a minute later. But I do not mind, I have a feeling worth more than if I win all the gold medals in the world.”

Alvarez’s gesture won many hearts on social media.

Fourteen people were killed and 130 were injured on Thursday when a van deliberately slammed into the crowd on Barcelona’s most popular street, Las Ramblas.

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 17:39 IST