In this ‘athlete unfriendly’ atmosphere, where most of the people are furious at the unapologetic attitude of a former champion cyclist, this is definitely some good news. A Spanish runner, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, did something really noble and commendable in a cross-country event in Burlada, Navarre. He gave away victory to help out Abel Mutai, the Kenyan athlete who won a Bronze medal in London Olympics.
Mutai, who thought he had reached the finishing line and won the race, had actually stopped ten meters sooner than the actual end point. People in the crowd tried to tell him that it wasn’t the right place to halt but he couldn’t understand them because he doesn’t speak Spanish.
Ivan Fernandez Anaya, who could’ve easily taken advantage of the confusion, explained the Kenyan athlete the whole situation and pointed towards the original finishing line and helped his competitor win the race by doing ‘the right thing’.
According to Anaya, he wasn’t the rightful winner and Mutai, if hadn’t been confused, would’ve won the race. This exemplary act of compassion and sportsmanship has earned Anaya a lot of fans and has proved that not all athletes are ‘title-hungry’.