Olympic Spirit! American & New Zealand Runners Support Each Other After Falling


Prior to the Olympic games, there were so many bad news that could have led to the postponement or even cancellation of the summer Olympics this year.

However, since the Olympic games began, we have been inspired by different athletes who have restored our faith in humanity. This time, it’s runners Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’agostino. The 5,000m runners are from New Zealand and the USA respectively.

Abbey D’Agostino tripped when Nikki Hamblin fell right in front of her during the 5,000m heat. Rather than continuing the race, the American runner decided to help up the fallen New Zealander.

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D’Agostino told Hamblin:

 Get up, get up! We have to finish! This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.

Both ladies continued the race but D’Agostino had sustained an injury in her left knee as a result of the collision and seemed unable to continue. But as Hamblin tried to return the favor by helping the American up, D’Agostino insisted that Hamblin keeps going.

D’Agostino eventually finished in last place with a time of 17:10 while Hamblin finished second to the last at 16:43, two minutes after the winner of the heat, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana crossed the finish line. Hamblin and D’Agostino embraced at the finish line, as the New Zealander helped the American into a wheelchair.

“I’ve never met this girl before, isn’t that just so amazing “

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At a post-race interview, Hamblin thanked D’Agostino for helping her out saying that’s the “Olympic spirit right there”.

 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 duo have subsequently been given a spot in the 5000m final if they are fit to contest.