Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was only a few meters from the finish line, but got confused with the signs and stopped, thinking he had finished the race because he didn’t understand Spanish.
Ivan Fernandez, a Spanish man who was right behind him,realizing what was going on, started shouting to the Kenyan to keep running.
Mutai did not know nor understand Spanish as noted earlier but upon realizing what was going on, Fernandez had pushed him to victory.
A reporter asked Ivan, “Why did you do this?” Ivan replied, “My dream is that one day we can have some sort of community life where we push ourselves and help each other win.”
The reporter insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.” “He was the rightful winner,” Ivan said later. “He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.”
The reporter insisted and asked again, “But you could have won!” Ivan looked at him and replied: “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of this medal? What would my Mother think of it?”
When we’re forced to make a split-second decision, our true colors are often on full display.
What values do we teach our children and how much do you inspire others to earn?
Most of us take advantage of people’s weaknesses instead of helping to strengthen them.
This is a wonderful reminder that victory is sweetest when it’s earned.