Diego Méntrida was competing in Spain’s Santander Triathalon earlier this month on September 13th and he had found himself stuck behind James Teagle for most of the race. Then something at the very end of the race caught people’s attention. The incident is just now making headlines as video of it has been circulating on social media, the BBC reports.
Teagle, who was in third place, took a wrong turn mere yards away from the finish line. He appeared to be confused by the signs and the way the fencing had arced and ran into a dead end of fence and crowd. Méntrida passed him, but then noticed what had happened and after running right up to the finish line and checking over his shoulder a few times he did something unexpected. He stopped so Teagle could cross the finish line first.
As far as Diego was concerned however, that’s just the right thing to do. “This is something my parents and my club taught me since I was a child. In my view it should be a normal thing to do,” wrote Méntrida in a post thanking supporters.
Race organizers ended up awarding him honorary third place, and giving him the same $350 prize Teagle received.
Teagle gratefully shook Méntrida’s hand as he crossed the finish line. International athletes were describing the gesture as the ultimate in sportsmanship,
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Story and Image from the Daily Telegraph.