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20 Sep, 2020 11:10

'True class': Triathlete goes viral after incredible moment of sportsmanship (VIDEO)

'True class': Triathlete goes viral after incredible moment of sportsmanship (VIDEO)

There hasn’t been much good news to celebrate in 2020, but Diego Mentrida put on a heartwarming show of sportsmanship in the Santander Triathlon when he allowed James Teagle to finish ahead of him after taking a wrong turn.

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.

The pair shared a handshake as Teagle passed his competitor on the line.

Mentrida, 21, told Eurosport (via news.com.au translation):

“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.

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.”