Olympic Runners Who Came Last, Have Won Our Hearts
August 25th, 2016 | by Web Desk
Olympics Runners Who Came Last, Have Won Our Hearts
Two athletes from New Zealand and the US presented the world with a very inspiring moment in the Rio Olympic games. Unlike many athletes who won gold, silver or bronze, the two have won better honors. Their honors have not been for winning the athletics, but because of their rare sign of mercy and support for each other. It was recognized by the International Olympic Committee, which awarded them the Pierree de Coubertin medal or the International Fair Play Committee Award after the Rio 2016 Olympics. This award has only been awarded to 17 athletes in the entire history of the Olympics.
New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino from the USA accidentally got into a collision in the Olympic games 2016 when they were running, at around 3000m of the 5000m women heat in the Rio Olympics. When athletes collide, they get up annoyed at each other or even abuse each other. However, Hamblin and Abbey showed the world a different gesture.
After the collision, Abbey made it up easily but realized that Hamblin had suffered an injury and needed someone to help her. She selflessly held her hand and helped her up, something that caught the attention of the world. She had decided not to go on without her, and the runners helped each other for the rest of the race up to the finish line.
Hamblin helped her injured opponent throughout the contest, holding her hand. Surprisingly, Hamblin waited for D’Agostino to complete the race, cheered her and gave her an emotional hug after she completed the race and taken away in a wheelchair.
Hamblin told the media that she wondered what was happening when she found herself on the ground but suddenly felt a hand was on her shoulder asking her to get up, for they had to finish the 500m race. She said that she was jubilant with Abbey for the help and termed her as the Olympic spirit. She added “‘I’m so impressed and its inspiring that she did that. I’ve never met her before. Like I’ve never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing?”
Both of them were able to finish the race, with D’Agostino being the last with her injured ankle while Hamblin was second last. The two were however allowed to proceed to the finals due to the collision. It was a show of sports discipline and an excellent sportsmanship that all athletes should copy. Abbey and Hamblin became the real winners of Rio by their acts of kindness.They were lauded on social media for their good sportsmanship.