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Ivan Fernandez Anaya Intentionally Loses to Abel Mutai
Abel Kiprop Mutai of Kenya celebrating his bronze medal run after the Men's 3000m Steeplechase on August 5, 2012 at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  © Stu Forster/Getty Images
Abel Kiprop Mutai of Kenya celebrating his bronze medal run after the Men's 3000m Steeplechase on August 5, 2012 at the London 2012 Olympic Games. © Stu Forster/Getty Images

Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was leading the cross-country race at an event in Burlada, Navarre, in December 2012 when he mistakenly thought he'd crossed the finish line. In fact, he was still about 32 feet (10 meters) before the actual finish line.

Spanish runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya, poised to capture second place, had the opportunity to grab the gold, but he didn't. Instead, Fernandez Anaya caught up to Mutai and guided him into first place, gesturing to his fellow runner and rival to keep going. Later stating he didn't deserve the win, Ferandez Anaya chose honesty over victory.


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