Jordi Llopart, The first Spanish athlete to win an Olympic medal (silver in Moscow 1980, in the 50-kilometer march) has died at the age of 68.
The Spanish Athletics Federation has confirmed the news, citing direct sources from one’s own family to avoid getting ahead like they did on Tuesday.
The historic runner and coach suffered a heart attack days ago, which caused an irreversible multi-organ failure. In the last hours they had been waiting for the national transplant service to be able to donate their organs. Since the heart accident they were already very pessimistic, and the former runner spent the last hours of his life in an irreversible coma.
Yesterday, today and always, you will be in our hearts.
DEP, Jordi Llopart 🖤 pic.twitter.com/yx989Nlccs
– atletismoRFEA (@atletismoRFEA) November 11, 2020
Jordi Llopart was a pioneer of Spanish athletics. In addition to being the country’s first Olympic medalist in this sport, he was european champion in 1978 of 50 km, distance in which he was also eight times champion of Spain and once of 20 km. He participated in three Games: Moscow’80, Los Angeles’84 and Seoul’88.
In Barcelona’92, already retired as an athlete, he was coach of Daniel Plaza, who won gold in the 20 km march.
The @COE_Presidente fondly recalls the 40 🎂 of Jordi Llopart’s 🥈✨ in Moscow 1980, which was the first Olympic medal in athletics 🇪🇸
🗣 “He was a forerunner, a forward, he placed the Spanish march in the category of excellence as an athlete and as a coach.” pic.twitter.com/5655ybc3fw
– Spanish Olympic Committee (@COE_es) July 30, 2020