- 21-year-old Spanish triathlete, Diego Méntrida, is being lauded for his good sportmanship after he allowed his opponent, James Teagle, to overtake him
- Teagle mistakenly ran into a barrier instead of turning allowing Méntrida to overtake him and secure a bronze medal
- Méntrida stopped just before the finish line to allow his Teagle to overtake him as Teagle had been ahead of him
A Spanish traithlete is being lauded for his good sportsmanship. Diego Méntrida was behind British triathlete James Teagle when Teagle accidentally ran in the wrong direction. Méntriga paused at the finish line to allow Teagle to overtake him.
A video of the race was uploaded to Twitter by @GoodNewsCorres1yesterday and has since gained 7 million views on the social networking site. According to @GoodNewsCorres1's caption, Méntrida waited for Teagle as he believed he deserved 3rd place.
The two shook hands moments before Teagle crossed the finish lining securing a bronze medal. Social media is brimming with messages for Méntrida as he displayed true sportsmanship in the now viral video.
Teagle to Instagram to share a bit about what happened from his perspective. Part of the caption read:
"I missed the finish chute in a triathlon in Spain. After around 50m I realised and sprinted back. By that point @diegomentrida was 50m from the finish chute and we ended up sprinting for the line. I crashed into the barrier and thought it was over."
According to in.reuters.com Méntrida received an honorary 3rd place medal and €300 (R5 940,54). In an interview with Eurosport, the 21-year-old Spaniard said: "James deserved this medal."
In other news about good Samaritans, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a stranger who returned money that a woman mistakenly paid to his number. Many say that "honesty is the best policy" but in today's world it's sadly a rarity.
People generally seem to be shocked when they meet someone who is honest and truthful about things. This was the reaction of Facebook user MakaBoyz MaZulu BoyzMaame. MakaBoyz intention was to send money to her husband's number, unfortunately she typed in the wrong digits and the money made it's way somewhere else.
After calling her bank and realising she could not reverse the payment, MakaBoyz proceeded to phone the number that had received the money. To her surprise, a lovely man answered and sent the money back to her.