It’s undeniably good sportsmanship – a triathlon runner stopped running and let a competitor beat him – but in the world of sports, is it too much? British athlete James Teagle was so close to placing third in the 2020 Santander Triathlon in Spain. The thing is… about 100 yards before reaching the finish line, Teagle got confused and ran the wrong way, towards the cheering crowd. Enter the Spanish triathlete Diego Mentrida, who had been behind Teagle for much of the race. Mentrida passed Teagle, but before reaching the finish line he suddenly stopped and let Teagle – who had regained his bearings – pass him for third. After the race Mentrida said: “He deserved it. It’s something my parents and my club taught me since I was a kid. I think it should be a normal thing to do. “ The winner of the race, Javier gomez noya, called Mentrida’s gesture “the best in history”. The race organizers decided to give Mentrida an honorary third place and he ended up getting third place – $ 355. The good guys finish honorably 3rd.
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