A triathlete has been praised for his heartwarming display of sportsmanship to allow his opponent to win after late race drama in Spain.
Brit James Teagle was on course for a place on the podium in the 2020 Santander Triathlon when he took a wrong turn less than 100 metres from the finish line.
Diego Mentriga was following closely behind and quickly overtook before haring down the final stretch.
However after realising Teagle’s error, Mentriga slowed up and surrendered his position to his rival to gift him third place.
“Seeing how he was wrong, unconsciously I stopped. He deserved it,” 21-year-old Mentriga said after the race.
He told Eurosport : “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.”
Teagle showed his gratitude to Mentriga as he caught up, shaking the Spaniard’s hand before crossing the finish line.
Mentriga has since been hailed for his outstanding actions, with race winner Javier Gomez Noya describing his gesture as “the best in history”.
Other sporting figures also applauded Mentriga’s behaviour, including Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian.
Sharing a video of the crucial moment, Adrian said: “The real values of SPORT in a single gesture: James Teagle got confused on the last corner and was passed by Diego Méntrida who did this… #respect #fairplay.”
The incident was somewhat reminiscent of the actions of runner Matthew Rees in the 2017 London Marathon.
Rees – who represented Swansea Harriers in the race – had turned into the final stretch and was on to record a good time.
But after spotting fellow runner David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners struggling about 135 metres from the finish, Rees stopped to help guide him up The Mall.