Sportmanship is a dying trade when athletes go all out for a win and sometimes even subjecting to violence. In an unexpected turn of events in a Spanish triathlon race, a Spanish athlete sacrificed a podium win to give it to his closest rival who took a wrong turn on the course.
At the 2020 Santander Triathlon, British athlete James Teagle was on course to win third place when he made a took a wrong turn into the spectator area, instead of the finish line. 21-year-old Diego Méntrida overtook him but noticed Teagle had made a mistake and stopped at the finish line to allow Teagle to cross first and take third place.
“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,” said Méntrida in his Instagram post on social media.
A few days later, Méntrida was awarded honorary third place by the triathlon organisers and the same €300 (£274) prize money, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
The race winner, world champion in triathlon Javier Gomez Noya described his gesture as “the best in history”.
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Quería dar las gracias a todos los que me estáis escribiendo y dando apoyo tras el gesto en el Triatlón de Santader. Esto es algo que me han enseñado mis padres y mi club @triatlonecosport desde que era pequeño. En mi opinión debería considerarse como una situación habitual. Nunca pensé que algo así iba a llegar tan lejos y se hiciese eco en tantos medios. Pero es un orgullo recibir tanto afecto ❤️ Próxima parada: Campeonato de España de Triatlón Media Distancia @triatlonecosport @tanlinecc @ezz_baily @ecija_law #fisioterapiafyre