Spanish triathlete shows incredible sportsmanship: Diego Mentrida Wiki, Biography, Age
Diego Mentrida is a Spanish triathlete who stopped at the finish line to let his competitor take the bronze has been praised for his sportsmanship.
Diego Méntrida was trailing British athlete James Teagle at the final stretch of the 2020 Santander Triathlon in Barcelona, Spain.
But Teagle mistook the direction of the course, allowing Méntrida to overtake him just metres from the finish line.
The video shows Teagle failing to turn a corner and colliding with a fence that delimits the spectator area less than 100 meters from the end of the race.
Exasperated, he spread his hands when Méntrida caught up with him.
But Mentrida looked back as he ran and noticed Teagle’s mistake.
He stopped just short of the finish line and the two men shook hands as he let Teagle pass.
“He deserved it,” Mentrida said later.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘This is something my parents and my club taught me since I was a kid. In my opinion, it should be normal.
He said he was “proud” to receive so much praise for his actions.
Soccer player Adrián San Miguel said on Twitter that Méntrida’s gesture exemplifies “the real values of sport.”
Méntrida was awarded third place honor by triathlon organizers and the same € 300 (£ 274) cash prize as Teagle, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.