Spain’s Victor Garcia suffered a very nasty fall which left him knocked out during the men’s 3,000m steeplechase on the opening day of the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.
Garcia was tipped to secure a medal in the event and was poised to accelerate when he clattered into the final hurdle with his knee and flew face first into the track.
It was a very painful fall for the Spaniard as his head took a nasty blow on the ground amid a crowd of other athletes.
Ignacio Mansilla, the press liaison officer for the Spain team, said: “He was pretty badly shaken up but he’s OK now. He can’t remember anything about the incident.”
Garcia had been expected to get a medal having gone into the event with the third fastest time by a European this year.
The race was a heat ahead of Wednesday’s final but, with just 100m remaining, the untimely fall means that the athlete will now not be able to qualify.
Garcia, left unconscious, was eventually escorted off the track by officials after the race.
Medical staff arrived promptly to attend to him and he was taken off on a stretcher, struggling to keep his balance unattended.
Later, he was given the all-clear by doctors after extensive tests.