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They may not have won the gold, but these all-star athletes certainly won hearts during an incredible display of sportsmanship at the women’s 5,000 meter race semifinal.

3,000 meters into the dash, New Zealand‘s Nikki Hamblin took a nasty step and tumbled to the ground, bringing the United States’ Abbey D’Agostino down with her on accident.

D’Agostino didn’t waste a second jumping to her feet so she could help Hamblin up to finish the race side by side.

Just after the rescue, D’Agostino collapsed to the ground, unable to continue – but this time, it was Hamblin who stayed to help her.

D’Agostino eventually convinced Hamblin to continue without her and – once she had hobbled over the finish line with an injured ankle a full two minutes after the winner – they embraced each other with huge smiles of appreciation.

Hamblin later exclaimed her astonishment at D’Agostino’s kindness, declaring “that girl is the Olympic spirit.”

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However, since the collision that caused the American’s injury was an accident, she will still be able to compete in the finals on Friday.

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