Flashback: Unforgettable act of human kindness, that moment runner pushed confused leading opponent to victory

Image via Ossy Dennis | Facebook
  • An old story of a running athlete who lost for integrity has resurfaced online inspiring many
  • The Spanish runner helped a confused opponent who stopped thinking he was already done with the race
  • He lead the fellow athlete to the finish line rather than take advantage of his confusion

Victory doesn’t always mean being ahead of the others. For one athlete, it is doing the right thing when his integrity was put to the test.

Image via Ossy Dennis | Facebook

Here is a story that is considered one of the most unforgettable dramatic acts of human kindness in history. Photos of the said “aww” moments were shared by Ossy Dennis on Facebook and have since gone viral.

Back in December 2012, Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was ahead of the cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was almost nearing the last stop. However, he got confused. He thought he just passed the finish line when in fact, he wasn’t in there yet. It was still about 32 feet (10 meters) away.

Mutai stopped, assuming he was done. But the racer behind him, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Spanish, realized that the Kenyan runner made a mistake and started shouting at him to keep running. He spoke in Spanish, which Mutai did not understand.

Anaya pushed Mutai, leading him to the finish line; a chance he could have taken advantage for himself. But that wasn’t the case. He chose integrity over winning at that moment. He was asked several times why he did it and he answered, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of this medal? What would my mother think of it?”

Image via Ivan Fernandez Anaya | Facebook

Anaya insisted that the victory was meant for Mutai. “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his,” he said in an interview.

Anaya placed second, but his act of selflessness still made him equally victorious. It took him to global recognition, earned him praises and made him more popular to fans around the world.

27k netizens reacted to this post and 19k shared it. Still, this story of inspiration never gets old.

Amid the trials we are facing these days, may this teach us to help each other to win and survive the pandemic. Let us not take advantage of others’ weaknesses. In the end, what’s more important isn’t the prestige of winning but how we achieve an honest victory.

Watch that touching moment here.