A Spanish triathlete stopped at the finish line to let another runner take his 3rd placed finish after seeing him take a wrong turn

  • A Spanish triathlete stopped at the finish line to let a fellow runner who had taken a wrong turn overtake him and claim third place. 
  • James Teagle was on course to finish third at the 2020 Santander Triathlon but inadvertently ran in the wrong direction just meters from the finish. 
  • Diego Mentrida overtook Teagle, however after noticing his error, stopped and allowed him to cross first.
  • "James deserved this medal," Mentrida told Eurosport after. 
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A Spanish triathlete stopped at the finish line to let a fellow runner who had taken a wrong turn overtake him and claim third place. 

British triathlete James Teagle was on course to finish third at the 2020 Santander Triathlon in Barcelona, Spain last weekend but inadvertently ran in the wrong direction just meters from the finish. 

Diego Mentrida overtook Teagle, however after noticing his error, he stopped and allowed him to cross first.

Teagle shook Mentrida's hand on the line before crossing to claim the bronze medal.

"He didn't notice the signs or they were misaligned," Mentrida told Eurosport after. "When I saw that he had missed the route, I just stopped. "James deserved this medal."

For his incredible gesture, Mentrida was awarded honorary third place by the race's organizers and given the same €300 ($353) prize money as Teagle.

The Spaniard also received heaps of praise on social media, including from countryman and Liverpool FC goalkeeper Adrian, who said on Twitter that Mentrida's actions represented "the real values of sport in a single gesture."

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