Honesty of the long-distance runner - EL PAÍS

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Fernández Anaya helps Mutai toward the line / CALLEJA (DIARIO DE NAVARRA

Editor's Note: The following except is from a story from last month. Had we seen it 6 weeks ago it definitely would have been one have made the Best of RunnerSpace awards.

Honesty of the long-distance runner

Vitoria-based athlete Iván Fernández Anaya refused to take advantage when his rival stopped short of the finishing line in a cross-country race

 /  Madrid 19 DIC 2012 - 17:26 CET

Is winning all that counts? Are you absolutely sure about that?

Two weeks ago, on December 2, Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

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