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Hortelano in "stable" condition after reconstructive surgery

The European 200m champion underwent emergency surgery to his right hand after a car accident on Monday Nadal vs Thiem

Hortelano in "stable" condition after reconstructive surgery
Lavandeira Jr. EFE

Spanish sprinter Bruno Hortelano is in stable condition after undergoing a three-hour operation to reconstruct his right hand following a car accident.

Hortelano, the 200 metre gold medalist at the European Championships in Amsterdam in July, was in the passenger's seat at the time of Monday's accident and suffered severe damage to his right hand.

Local media reports stated that the driver of the car, Hortelano’s cousin, was over the limit when the crash occurred at around 7am on Monday morning on the outskirts of Madrid.

"Stable condition"

"Bruno is stable considering the severity of the injury but after the first operation, we are very happy," Hortelano's agent Alberto Armas told reporters. "The operation lasted around three hours. Once progress is made, a second operation will need to be done.

"The hand was the most affected area and it has been reconstructed. The little finger is the only one that hasn't been fully reconstructed. It's too early to make a full evaluation but he is in good spirits. The important thing now is that his hand does not get infected."

Hortelano, 24, reached the semi-finals of the 200 metres at the Rio Olympics and is the Spanish record holder in the 100m and 200m.