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These Olympic Competitors Stopped—Twice—To Help Each Other Through the Race

Last Tuesday, two Olympic competitors showed impressive sports(wo)manship during a 5,000-meter race in Rio. Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino, female runners from New Zealand and the United States, respectively, each made sure that the other was able to cross the finish line after the two took tumbles on the track.


After Hamblin tripped during the race, D’Agostino fell over her, but was able to get up and make sure that Hamblin wasn’t left behind. Both women continued in the race until the leg injury D’Agostino sustained during the first collision resulted in her falling again. This time, Hamblin stopped her own running to see to it that her fellow competitor finished the race.

Um… we’re not crying… there just must be onions around here somewhere!

While neither runner finished in time to qualify their countries for the next round of competition, both teams contested their disqualification after the results were released and were able to advance to the 5,000-meter final race.

To make this tale even more emotional, the runners were both awarded by the International Olympic Committee for showing such compassion during their event. “For embodying the Olympic spirit,” Hamblin and D’Agostino were given the International Fair Play Committee Award on Saturday. After all the controversy surrounding this year’s Olympics, a little more of this kind of competitive spirit is just the note that the Games should end on.

Margeaux Biché

Columbia Barnard

Margeaux Biché is a current senior at Barnard College living in New York City. During her freshman year, she studied at the George Washington University in D.C., where she wrote for The GW Hatchet. She is a Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies major and is passionate about social justice. While she does not know exactly where she'll take her degree, she hopes she can contribute to the advancement of marginalized peoples through legal and/or activist work. Chocolate covered pretzels are her favorite food, Rihanna is her favorite musician and her go-to talent is her ability to wiggle her ears. Margeaux loves dogs, hiking and her hometown basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, all of which are oft-featured on her Instagram account. Twitter | LinkedIn
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