This is by far the best moment from Rio Olympics 2016 as an American athlete showed the world what the true spirit of sportsmanship is.
At 5,000m heats, the runner from New Zealand, Nikki Hamblin fell down and she was accidentally tripped by United States’ Abbey D’Agostino.
Hamblin was in pain and she kept lying on the floor. The American runner got her back on her feet and in a very beautiful moment, refused to continue the run for glory. She sacrificed her race to help the New Zealander, who was in pain.
The 24-year-old American had twisted the right knee of the New Zealander due to collision.
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The runners hugged each other after crossing the finishing line. The New Zealander finished the race in 16 minutes and 43 seconds while the American finished it after 17 minutes and 10 seconds, which was two minutes apart from the Ethiopian winner Almaz Ayana.
Hamblin thanked the American runner after completing the race:
“That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I went down and I was like ‘what’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’”
“Then suddenly this hand on my shoulder, like ‘get up, get up, we have to finish this’ and I was like, ‘yep, you’re right’. This is the Olympic Games – we have to finish this.”
“I’ve never met this girl before, and isn’t that just so amazing, such an amazing woman.”
“Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder, like ‘Come on, get up’.”
“I really hope she’s okay. And I know that she’s young and she’s going to have so many more opportunities. And being such a good human being, she’s going to go so far.”
The USA and New Zealand team successfully protested and the pair got a place in the final of the 5,000m race.