Losing on purpose

There’s so much bad information on Facebook that it’s refreshing when the accurate story comes along, even more so when it comes while America is obsessed with a liar and a cheater athlete.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya is not such a person, and his story, which happened almost a month ago, is sweeping the Intertubes.

El Pais has the story:


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.

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.

He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed”

“I didn’t deserve to win it,” says 24-year-old Fernández Anaya. “I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. 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.”

  • David G

    Good thing Anaya didn’t try that at the Olympics. He’d have been disqualified from the race, and kicked out of the games.

  • tboom

    Title of this post should be changed to “Not Finishing First on Purpose”, he certainly isn’t a loser.