Cynics call ‘2nd place’ the ‘first loser’. Iván Fernández Anaya is probably the best ‘loser’ in the world.
In the best story of sportsmanship since the Central Washington University softball team, Anaya offers story that is much more inspiring than the dysfunctional and abusive tales of Lance Armstrong’s ‘winning at all costs’ ethos…
- “On December 2, Basque 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. Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.”
It takes real winner to lose.