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Triathlete Praised By Millions After Stopping On The Finish Line To Let His Opponent Win

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Triathlete Praised By Millions After Stopping On The Finish Line To Let His Opponent Win

Diego Mentrida, well played Sir!

The Spanish athlete showed true sportsmanship during the Santander Triathlon - and he's receiving global praise for his actions.

Incredibly, Mentrida stopped on the finish line to allow one of his opponents to have the final spot on the podium.

British triathlete James Teagle was originally coming third as he turned the final corner of the race.

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Diego Mentriga (right). Credit: Twitter / DMT Sports Media @au_dthompson
Diego Mentriga (right). Credit: Twitter / DMT Sports Media @au_dthompson

Just with less than 100 metres to go, Teagle took a wrong turn and headed towards the fencing away from the track.

By coming off course, the Brit surrendered his third place position in the race after Mentrida passed him during the debacle.

But with the finish line in sight, 21-year-old Mentrida did something that no one would have expected.

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After seeing what had happened to his opponent, Mentrida stopped on the finish line to allow Teagle to pass him.

In doing so, the Spaniard allowed Teagle to clinch third place at the Santander Triathlete.

"Seeing how he was wrong, unconsciously I stopped. He deserved it," Mentrida told Eurosport.

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"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.

His act of generosity has now been seen by millions around the world with fans flocking to social media to share the heartwarming video

And while it clearly didn't matter to him, Mentrida was rewarded for his sportsmanship after event organisers gave him third place for the race too.

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