Swimming
Spanish swimmer pays incredible tribute to Barcelona victims
Author : Vaibhav Joshi
Date:21-08-2017 10:47:58PM

Watch an incredible gesture by Spanish swimmer Fernando Alvarez as he paid an astonishing tribute to the victims of the tragic Barcelona terror attack.

Alvarez was participating in the Masters World Championship in Budapest and felt there should have been an official moment of reflection to honour the 15 people killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona last Thursday. 

However, his initial call to the International Swimming Federation to hold a minute in silence was rejected, so Alvarez took matters into his own hands. 

As his competitors dove in at the start of the race, Alvarez stood on the blocks and waited for one minute before taking to the pool instead of diving in with the rest of his competitors.

When questioned about his actions after the race he told local media: 'They told me that it was not possible [to have minute's silence] because neither a minute could be wasted.

'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.'