This is an incredible show of good sportsmanship.
On Tuesday, two ladies took a tumble at the 2016 Olympics, during the first round of the women’s 5000 meters run. US athlete Abbey D’Agostino accidentally clipped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin from behind, and she fell to the ground.
On her way down, Miz Hamblin also caused Abbey to come crashing to the track.
While the American got back on her feet almost immediately, the 28-year-old stayed down, seemingly hurt and upset. But instead of leaving the New Zealand runner behind, the 24-year-old helped her rival up.
The UK-born Olympian later described the moving moment, saying:
“When I went down I was like ‘Why am I on the ground’ and suddenly there was this hand on my shoulder.”
The Massachusetts native had said to her:
“Come on, get up. We have to finish this race.”
However, Abbey was visibly injured after the tumble, limping as she ran alongside her competitor. It wasn’t long before Miz D’Agostino had to completely stop, which is when her knee buckled underneath her.
This time, Nikki helped her rival back up, offering support until her fellow runner could move on her own.
Ch-ch-check out the inspirational moment (below)!
Both ladies ended up finishing the heat, with Nikki clocking 16:43:61 and Abbey finishing in 17:10:02. But, even though these times were far from their fastest, both women — along with Austria’s Jennifer Wenth, who was also impacted by the collision — were advanced to the final.
Olympic officials decided that, since the fall was no one’s fault, the ladies will still have a place in Friday’s competition.
Nikki was so awestruck by her competitor’s compassion, saying afterward:
“I am so grateful to Abbey for doing that for me. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I am so impressed and inspired.”
What’s even more amazing is that the runners had never met before the tumble, and now they’re fast friends:
“I had never met her, isn’t that so amazing? It is a moment that I will never ever forget for the rest of my life.”
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