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August 17, 2016 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Humanity

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In an act of true sportsmanship, U.S. runner Abbey D’Agostino helped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin to her feet during a women’s 5,000 meter preliminary heat Wednesday, after Hamblin tripped and took D’Agostino down with her.

During the race, it appeared that D’Agostino accidentally clipped Hamblin from behind, causing her to trip and both runners to go down together. The injured Hamblin lay curled in a ball until D’Agostino picked her back up, urging her to finish the race.

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“Get up, get up! We have to finish!,” D’Agostino told Hamblin, according to ESPN. “This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.”

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The two continued to run, but D’Agostino suffered from her injury through the duration of the race. The fall was the hardest on her knee, and the injury kept her from running well. But when Hamblin kept looking back to see if she was all right, D’Agostino urged her to keep going.

Both women finished the race, with Hamblin coming in next to last and D’Agostino behind her. Despite the slow finish, both will advance to the finals later in the week because of their accidental falls.

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“I am so grateful to Abbey for helping me,” Hamblin told ESPN. “That girl was the Olympic spirit right there.”


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One Response to “Olympic Runner Stops To Help Fallen Athlete In Amazing Show Of Sportsmanship”

  1. Offtopic Says:
    August 22nd, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    The new zealand girl helped the girl from the US now the other way around…


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