The Brownlee brothers have once again proven that it is not always about winning.
In the Olympics, the world witnessed a couple of humanitarian gestures from track athletes.
In the past Rio Olympics 2 female athletes who started the race as strangers ended up being more than mere acquaintances when one abandoned her race to help another injured runner.
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, Abbey D’Agostino decided to help up the fallen New Zealander.
The Brownlee brothers demonstrated such love once again during the Triathlon World Championship.
The race kicked off with the athletes doing pretty well until Jonny was exhausted and could no longer cope with the hot and humid conditions in Cozumel.
“I remember it all very clearly. The whole race went very, very well until about 1.5km to go. And then it all kind of fell apart. I remember my legs going a little bit wobbly and thinking: ‘I’m not going to make it to the finish line’.”– Jonny
He was collapsing when his brother Alistair who had every chance to be the World Champion at the race, abandoned that ambition. He chose to reach out to his brother, taking his hand over his shoulder and together they raced to the finish line.
“Alistair had the chance to win but threw that away to help me out. I’ll be thankful for the rest of my life.”
“Obviously it takes a very strong and good person to do that. Sometimes in sport we talk about winning being the most important thing in the world. A lot of times it is, but maybe helping a brother out was more important.”
Alistair pushed his extremely exhausted brother over the line making him 2nd in the race while he came 3rd place.
The Brownlee brothers have shown that sometimes in life you have to concede defeat especially when it comes to saving another’s situation.
Jonny was hospitalized after the race and report says he is successfully recuperating.