Sergio Fariña threw himself at a terrorist to stop him coming into Arthur Hooper's
Hero Sergio Fariña was filmed rushing members of the public into Arthur Hooper's restaurant before standing guard at the doorway as the attackers stormed through the market.
A knifeman in a striped top then tried to force his way through the door, but Mr Fariña pushed him back and blocked the doorway.
Just seconds later the knifeman was shot dead by police.
The Spanish native, who has lived in London for 16 years, has become a sensation in Spain after the footage was released to local media.
He praised the police, telling Diario de Pontevedra, a newspaper in his hometown in Galacia, northern Spain, that officers "acted very fast" and the terrorists were surrounded within three minutes by officers who were clearly prepared for such a situation.
The manager, who married a Turkish woman a few months ago, said: "The police acted rapidly. In three minutes the terrorists were surrounded by officers prepared for this. They took measures very quickly.
"When they stabbed someone in front of my restaurant is when they opened fire.
"They didn't do it before because they saw that they were wearing what looked like dynamite and that we'd be blown apart.
"It is when they stabbed a person that confronted them in the street that they took them down directly."
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Mr Fariña shoved the terrorist out of the way to protect everyone inside
Mr Fariña said if the attack had happened at lunchtime it would have been much worse because up to 3,000 people visit the market for lunch at a time.
Mr Fariña, who later returned home on a bus, said: "I got on thinking, I hope that nothing happens."
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He added: "You never know if this is going to happen to you. Certainly there are three or four minutes in which you are afraid, but the rest of the time you are protected.
"These things can happen to you anywhere. At a football match, at a concert… You never know.
"Today the restaurant is closed, tomorrow and yesterday too, but we'll have to return to normal life. You don't think it can happen so close to you, but there it is."
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The restaurant manager added his family in Spain were scared for him.
Seven people were killed and 48 others were injured, with 21 still in a critical condition after three terrorists mowed down at least 20 pedestrians on London Bridge in a white Renault van just after 10pm.
They then got out of the vehicle and went on a stabbing spree in Borough Market as hundreds of people were enjoying the pubs and restaurants in the popular market.
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Witnesses have told of their horror as pub-goers threw bottles, pint glasses and chairs at the attackers who were stabbing anybody in their way.
The white van crashed outside The Barrowboy & Banker pub on Borough High Street, where three men left the vehicle and apparently ran down steps and along Green Dragon Court, heading towards Borough Market where they began stabbing people in pubs and restaurants.
Witnesses said three men ran into the Black And Blue restaurant on Stoney Street and began stabbing people indiscriminately, including one person in the face and neck.
A knifeman also stormed the El Pastor restaurant on Stoney Street, forcing diners and staff to take shelter.
Another man was stabbed at the Southwark Tavern pub.
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Witnesses saw injured people in the Mudlark pub, while others at the Katzenjammers Bierhall in Southwark Street helped a person who had been stabbed.
Police searching for the knifemen went through bars and restaurants as staff and drinkers hid.
Eight minutes after police were called three male suspects were shot dead by marksmen near the Wheatsheaf pub on Stoney Street.
The men were wearing what looked like explosive vests but these were later found to be hoaxes.
Seven men and five women were arrested in Baring on Sunday in connection with the attack, with a 55-year-old man released without charge.