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.
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.
Here is what Nikki Hamblin had to say about Abbey D'Agostino after their collision in today's Olympic 5,000m heat. pic.twitter.com/HxTFsKkcZy— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) August 16, 2016
Hamblin later exclaimed her astonishment at D’Agostino’s kindness, declaring “that girl is the Olympic spirit.”
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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