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.
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!