Triathlon star Cristian Moriatiel tries to propose to his girlfriend – but collapses with cramps

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Incredible moment romantic ironman athlete tries to propose to his girlfriend after a race – but his cramping legs crash the party

  • ¬†Triathlete proposes to partner after grueling Ironman event but his legs cramp
  • ¬†Athlete is massaged and propped up by event organisers to finish proposal
  • ¬†She said yes, though some were quick to criticise the nature of the proposal

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A Spanish triathlete has proposed to his partner after completing a grueling nine-and-a-half hour Ironman event – but needed to be helped by bystanders when his legs cramped up.

The romantic and hilarious video has popped up on social media in which Cristian Moriatiel (as identified by Triathlon Magazine) gets down on one knee after completing the race in Estonia.

The moment triathlete Cristian Moriatiel finishes Ironman race and drops to his knees to propose marriage to his partner

The moment triathlete Cristian Moriatiel finishes Ironman race and drops to his knees to propose marriage to his partner

The athlete is pictured suffering severe leg cramps and is forced to the floor in pain

The athlete is pictured suffering severe leg cramps and is forced to the floor in pain

The athlete is pictured suffering severe leg cramps and is forced to the floor in pain

However, after hours of demanding exercise the athlete’s legs cannot hold the position and begin to cramp. Moriatiel drops to the floor in pain and race organisers rush over to assist him.

After a quick massage of the athlete’s hamstrings, Moriatiel is assisted back to to the kneeling position and continues his marriage proposal while grimacing.¬†¬†

The bride-to-be says ‘yes’ and is met by cheers from the crowd of onlookers. The video concludes with Moriatiel placing the ring upon his partner’s finger and the loved-up couple sharing a kiss and a cuddle.

After a quick massage Moriatiel is helped back to his knees by event organisers to continue the marriage proposal

After a quick massage Moriatiel is helped back to his knees by event organisers to continue the marriage proposal

After a quick massage Moriatiel is helped back to his knees by event organisers to continue the marriage proposal

The video has garnered more than four million views since it was published on the Ironman Europe Instagram page – and while most people enjoyed the very unusual proposal, some weren’t so positive.

‘Kinda all about him tho wasn’t it’ wrote one user.¬†

Another on TikTok added: ‘This is the least romantic and most bizzare proposal I’ve ever seen.’¬†

‘God sent him a sign… he didn’t listen,’ added a third.

The bride-to-be says 'yes' and is met by cheers from the crowd of onlookers

The bride-to-be says 'yes' and is met by cheers from the crowd of onlookers

The bride-to-be says ‘yes’ and is met by cheers from the crowd of onlookers

However, the majority of users supported and congratulated the happy couple.

‘This is absolutely amazing on all counts,’ one said.

‘This is totally the perfect setting,’ said another.

‘Love conquers everything,’

‘This is fun yet painful for the athlete but a lifelong memory that they will be able to talk about and remember for life. They will tell their kids and laugh out loud together. best proposal ever. Congratulations.’