• Méntrida.When sportsmanship tastes better than a podium: "I stopped, he deserved it"

The reunion took place just two weeks later,

Diego Méntrida and James Teagle

, the two triathletes who forever united their destiny, who went around the world by the gesture of the first when at the goal of the Santander Triathlon they stopped to let the English, who had been confused on the way a moment before, losing third place on the podium.

"He shouldn't have seen the detour to the finish line. Or they didn't signal it well. I don't know, the fact is that he deserved it. He would do it again," said the man from Madrid in EL MUNDO, pure honesty.

This time it was in Bilbao, in the rain, at a different distance, in the

Spanish Half Championship

, another of the few sporting events that have been able to get ahead this season.

It was the debut of the young Méntrida in the specialty and he finished with a creditable ninth place, in the test he won, who else, Javier Gómez Noya.

He completed the triathlon, of which he was always a leader, in three hours, 37 minutes and 25 seconds.

Second was Collin Chartier and third,

Gustavo Rodríguez


At the finish line, the organization and the Spanish Triathlon Federation (Fetri), led by its

president José Hidalgo

, had a detail with the Ecosport de Alcobendas from Madrid.

Along with the legend Noya and Teagle himself, who finished ahead of the Spaniard again, he recalled Méntrida's sporting gesture, which even Will Smith echoed.

"It has made us world famous," proclaimed the speaker.

Before the start of the test, an emotional minute of silence was kept by Diego Paredes, the Extremaduran triathlete who died this week at 42 years old.

In women, the triumph went to New Zealand's

Anneke Jenkins

, Gómez Noya's wife, who made her debut in the distance and entered ahead of Laura Gómez, who has been proclaimed champion of Spain.

Judith Corachan was third.

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