Jordi Llopart, first Olympic medalist of Spanish athletics (silver in 50 km march in Moscow’80), has passed away at 68 this Wednesday at the Germans Trias y Pujol hospital in Badalona, known as Can Ruti, according to his family sources confirmed to EFE.
The athlete had been since Tuesday “in a deep coma and awaiting transplant service”, as confirmed to EFE by his nephew Moisés, until this afternoon the death of the ex-marcher was known.
The Spanish federation itself even communicated the death of the walker, due to an error in the information transmission chain, and this Wednesday “he thanked the support and the expressions of affection received by the entire world of athletics and sports in general”.
Even the National Transplant Organization (ONT) recalled that “organ donation and extraction is carried out provided that the death of the person has been previously certified.”
“According to our legislation – the statement adds – the death of a person can be diagnosed by confirming the irreversible cessation of cardiorespiratory functions (death due to cardiorespiratory arrest) or the irreversible cessation of brain functions (brain death)” .
“The diagnosis of death and its subsequent certification – continues the ONT – must precede the extraction of organs. The professionals in charge of the diagnosis and certification will be doctors with adequate qualification or specialization for this purpose, different from those involved in the extraction or the transplant. ”
Jordi Llopart, pioneer of the Spanish march together with Josep Marín, was born on May 5, 1952 in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona). He competed in three editions of the Olympic Games: Moscow’80, Los Angeles’84 and Seoul’88.
At the 1980 Moscow event he won silver in the 50 km march. It was the first time that a Spanish athlete was on the podium in an Olympic event. In Los Angeles ’84 it was seventh, and in Seoul ’88, thirteenth.
Too participated in three World Cups, always in the 50 km march. It was in Helsinki’83, Rome’87 and Tokyo’91, and he participated in four European Championships, between 1978 and 1990, and won gold on September 2, 1978 in Prague – the first gold medal of a Spanish athlete -, sixth place in Athens’82 and ninth in Stuttgart’86. In addition, he played thirteen World Cups (1973-91).
He retired from the competition after fourth position in the Spanish Marching Championship, in March 1992 in Badalona, thus he was left out of the Olympic team for Barcelona’92.
He then began his stage as a coach, in which he had as pupils Daniel Plaza -Olympic champion in Barcelona’92-, Basilio Labrador, Jesús Angel García Bragado-1993 world champion and runner-up in 1997 and 2001-, Teresa Linares, the Polish nationalized Spanish Beata Betlej and several Japanese marchers.