Two Competitors Collided On The Track Field, They Help Each Other Out During The Race
On Tuesday morning—during the 5,000-meter qualifying race for the finals—it was inspiring to see good sportsmanship on the field by two competitors. US runner, Abbey D’Agostino, clipped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin, causing her to tumble onto the field, which could have become advantages for D’Agostino, if she would’ve completed the race without concerning herself with her opponent. However, instead, she helped Hamblin onto her feet, advising, “we have to finish this race.”
Yet, the good sportsmanship did not stop there. Hamblin was able to return the favor to D’Agostino, when she collapsed after her knee buckled, helping her back up. The two competitors proved that humanity is more important than a qualifying round.
Despite finishing outside of their individual best, both runners advanced to the final 5,000 meter race, to be held later in the week, because neither was found to be “at fault”.
D’Agostino was noticeably hurt, walking with a limp, after the race.
“I am so grateful to Abbey for doing that for me,” Hamblin shared with USA Today. “That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I am so impressed and inspired.”
1 John 3:17 (KJV)
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
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