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Olympic Runners Who Came Last After Helping Each Other Get Moved To The Finals
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Olympic Runners Who Came Last After Helping Each Other Get Moved To The Finals

Yesterday, runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) left the world touched while competing in the women’s 5,000-meter event in Rio.

During the race, somewhere around 3,200 meters, runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin collided. Hamblin was running when she suddenly had to slow her pace to avoid contact with another runner and then D’Agostino bumped into her from the back, bringing them both to the ground. As D’Agostino was getting up, she noticed Hamblin was hurt and needed help.

“When I went down it was like, ‘what’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’ Hamblin told the press. “And suddenly there’s this hand on my shoulder, like ‘get up, get up, we have to finish this!’ I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there.”

Both girls eventually made it to the finish line. Even though Hamblin came in second to last and D’Agostino came in last with her twisted ankle, their good sportsmanship got them into the finals. What a beautiful race!

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Yesterday, runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) left the world touched during the women’s 5,000-meter event in Rio

Somewhere around 3,2000 meters, the D’Agostino and Hamblin collided

Bringing them both to the ground

As Hamblin was getting up, she noticed D’Agostino was hurt and needed help

“When I went down it was like, ‘what’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’ Hamblin said

“And suddenly there’s this hand on my shoulder, like ‘get up, get up, we have to finish this!’

“I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. I mean, that girl is the Olympic spirit right there.”

“I’m so impressed and 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?”

The best part? Even though the girls came in last, they still got moved to the finals

Watch the video for Hamblin’s interview after the race

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Daria B
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6 years ago

This will sound extremely cheesy, but they won indeed - they won the hearts of millions... ♥

Dave Scott
Community Member
6 years ago

That is definitely NOT cheesy... You are spot on. That was a wonderful gesture...and they did indeed both win! Thank you for that beautiful comment!

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Andrew Smith
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6 years ago

This story is a bit backwards. Abbey D’Agostino was assisted by Nikki Hamblin, not the other way round.

BoredPanda Staff
6 years ago

Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed! :)

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Lucie Salačová
Community Member
6 years ago

Meanwhile the booing Brazillians are constantly convincing me about the lack of ethics and moral education. I mean, common who else would boo on someone while he´s getting his medal, that´s terrible and even gross in some way.

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

If you watched the beach volleyball match Brazil : Germany it can also go other way round. Obviously, the backed-up Brazilian women became too nervours and the German women too engaged. And in the end the mood swapped and the was applause despite Brazil lost. Thus, I would not generalize.

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Daria B
Community Member
6 years ago

This will sound extremely cheesy, but they won indeed - they won the hearts of millions... ♥

Dave Scott
Community Member
6 years ago

That is definitely NOT cheesy... You are spot on. That was a wonderful gesture...and they did indeed both win! Thank you for that beautiful comment!

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Andrew Smith
Community Member
6 years ago

This story is a bit backwards. Abbey D’Agostino was assisted by Nikki Hamblin, not the other way round.

BoredPanda Staff
6 years ago

Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed! :)

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Lucie Salačová
Community Member
6 years ago

Meanwhile the booing Brazillians are constantly convincing me about the lack of ethics and moral education. I mean, common who else would boo on someone while he´s getting his medal, that´s terrible and even gross in some way.

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago

If you watched the beach volleyball match Brazil : Germany it can also go other way round. Obviously, the backed-up Brazilian women became too nervours and the German women too engaged. And in the end the mood swapped and the was applause despite Brazil lost. Thus, I would not generalize.

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