'True class': Triathlete goes viral after incredible moment of sportsmanship (VIDEO)
When British triathlete Teagle looked to have cost himself third place in the event having gone the wrong way towards spectators just meters before the finish line, the Spaniard stopped short and let him claim his place on the podium.
When Spanish triathlete Diego Méntriga noticed that British triathlete James Teagle went the wrong way before finish line of Santander Triathlon,Mentriga waited for him so he could take what he says is his deserved 3rd place.“He was in front of me the whole time.He deserved it.” pic.twitter.com/5Mo52QZ3rJ— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) September 19, 2020
The pair shared a handshake as Teagle passed his competitor on the line.
“Seeing how he was wrong, unconsciously 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. I don’t know, but the second time I would have acted the same.”
After footage of the impressive act went viral, fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mentrida.
“This is true class,” wrote one fan. “Webster's Dictionary definition of sportsmanship,” added another.
This is true class— Leslie Reed (@lesliejoan58) September 19, 2020
Webster's Dictionary definition of sportsmanship: 👆👆— FBananapants (@FBananapants) September 19, 2020
So classy and decent. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) September 19, 2020
Mentrida’s altruism also caught the attention of some notable compatriots, Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas and Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian:
Javier Gomez Noya, who claimed first place in the triathlon, hailed Mentrida’s sportsmanship as “the best in history.”