Ultimate sportsmanship: Spanish triathlete stops at finish line, allows British competitor to pass after he took a wrong turn

by Peter Heck · Sep 21st, 2020 11:27 am

Last Updated Sep 22nd, 2020 at 11:19 am

In a powerful display of sportsmanship that has gone viral online, Spanish triathlete Diego Méntriga made an incredible gesture as he rounded the final turn towards the finish line of the Santander Triathlon. Noticing that British runner James Teagle, who had led him the entire race, had made a costly wrong turn, Méntriga stopped in front of the finish line to let Teagle pass him and claim his spot on the medal stand.

Less than 100 meters from the end of the race, Teagle turned and ran towards the spectators rather than completing the turn to the finish line. The 21-year-old Méntriga told Eurosport, "I stopped. He deserved it."

"When I saw that he had missed the route, I just stopped. James deserved this medal. He didn't notice the signs or they were misaligned," Méntriga explained. "I don't know, but the second time I would have acted the same."

After crossing the finish line in front of him, James turned around immediately and shook Méntriga's hand.


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