It is surely one of the best and inspirational moments in the Rio Olympics 2016. American and New Zealand women runners helped one another to carry on after they fell.
American Abbey D’Agnostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand, were in the women’s 5,000-meter event when D’Agostino appeared to hit Hamblin and both fell to the track.
Instead of carrying on with her run, D’Agnostino helped Hamblin to get up and finish the race.
However, D’Agnostino suffered a bad ankle injury and couldn’t resume the race. Then, Hamblin stopped running and helped D’Agostino to help her.
Hamblin later told reporters:
“I went down, and I was like, What’s happening? Why am I on the ground? Then suddenly, there’s this hand on my shoulder [and D’Agostino saying], Get up, get up, we have to finish this. And I’m like, Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.”
Abbey D’Agostino of the United States (R) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after a collision during the Women’s 5000m heat.
Their gesture won everyone’s hearts and girls are big winners, no matter what.
Although Hamblin and D’Agostino failed to meet the qualifying time for the heat, both have been included in the 5000m final on Friday after protests from their teams.