Proof that good news sometimes travels slowly, Iván Fernández Anaya and his kind gesture during a cross-country race last December is now gaining widespread attention in social media circles.
The Spanish runner trailed Olympic bronze medallist Abel Mutai of Kenya during an event last December.
Mutai slowed as he neared the finish line, believing he’d won when he was still several meters from the tape.
Realizing his competitor’s mistake, Anaya approached Mutai from behind and motioned him to the proper finishing line.
“I didn’t deserve to win it,” Anaya, 24, told El Pais. “I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake.”