If you’re looking for the spirit of the Olympics, look no further than runnersAmerican Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand.
The two athletes came in last in the women’s 5,000 meters, but are being praised for their sportsmanship after they collided during the race.
They were 3,000 meters into the race when D’Agostino clipped Hamblin’s heel, sending them both to the ground.
D’Agnostino, 24, immediately got up to help her rival. Then when it became clear that she had a right ankle injury, Hamblin tried to help her continue.
Hamblin ended up coming in second to last, with a time of 16:43, while D’Agostino finished last with a time of 17:10.0,despite what they would come to find out was a twisted ankle.
“When i went down, I was like ‘Whats 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” she continued.”I’m so impressed and inspired that she did that. I’ve never met her before. And isn’t that just so amazing?”
While they may have come last, Hamblin and D’Agostino were both given a spot in the final on Friday for their actions.
Their sportsmanship was also praised throughout the media.
Good luck to both of them during the rest of the games.
It’s apparent that they already have hearts of gold.
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