Is This Not Real Sportsmanship
Basque athlete Ivan Fernandez was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was second behind race leader Abei Mutai – bronze medalist in 3000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner before the finish line, thinking he had already crossed it.
Fernandez Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to overtake and claim the victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan runner to let him cross the finish first.