Yesterday, runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) left the world touched while competing in the women’s 5,000-meter event in Rio.


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During the race, somewhere around 3,200 meters, runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin collided. Hamblin was running when she suddenly had to slow her pace to avoid contact with another runner and then D’Agostino bumped into her from the back, bringing them both to the ground. As D’Agostino was getting up, she noticed Hamblin was hurt and needed help.

“When I went down it was like, ‘what’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’ Hamblin told the press. “And suddenly there’s this hand on my shoulder, like ‘get up, get up, we have to finish this!’ I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there.”

Both girls eventually made it to the finish line. Even though Hamblin came in second to last and D’Agostino came in last with her twisted ankle, their good sportsmanship got them into the finals. What a beautiful race!

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Yesterday, runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) left the world touched during the women’s 5,000-meter event in Rio

Somewhere around 3,2000 meters, the D’Agostino and Hamblin collided

Bringing them both to the ground

As Hamblin was getting up, she noticed D’Agostino was hurt and needed help

“When I went down it was like, ‘what’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’ Hamblin said

“And suddenly there’s this hand on my shoulder, like ‘get up, get up, we have to finish this!’

“I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. I mean, that girl is the Olympic spirit right there.”

“I’m so impressed and inspiring that she did that. I’ve never met her before. Like, I’ve never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing?”

The best part? Even though the girls came in last, they still got moved to the finals

Watch the video for Hamblin’s interview after the race