After the fall, a display of Olympic spirit New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin greets United States' Abbey D'Agostino, left, as she is helped from the track after competing in a women's 5000-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
After the fall, a display of Olympic spirit
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New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin was lying on the track, dazed after a heavy fall and with her hopes of an Olympic medal over. Suddenly, there was a hand on her shoulder and a voice in her ear: "Get up. We have to finish this."
 
It was an American, Abbey D'Agostino, offering to help.
 
"I was like, "Yup, yup, you're right, this is the Olympics Games. We have to finish this,'" Hamblin said.
 
It was a scene to warm the hearts of fans during a qualifying heat of the women's 5,000 meters in Rio de Janeiro, as Hamblin and D'Agostino set aside their own hopes of making the final to look out for a fellow competitor.
 
It started when D'Agostino clipped Hamblin from behind and they both went sprawling with about 2,000 meters to go.
 
Hamblin fell heavily on her right shoulder, D'Agostino got up, but Hamblin was just lying there. She appeared to be crying. Instead of running in pursuit of the others, D'Agostino crouched down, put her hands under the New Zealander's shoulders to help her up, and softly urged her not to quit.
 
"That girl is the Olympic spirit right there," Hamblin said of D'Agostino. "I've never met her before . . . and isn't that just so amazing. Such an amazing woman."
 
As it turned out, D'Agostino probably needed more help, and she soon realized she'd hurt her ankle badly in the fall.
 
Grimacing, she refused to give up, running nearly half the race with the injury. Hamblin did what she could, hanging back with D'Agostino for a little while to return the favor and offer encouragement.
 
"She helped me first, I tried to help her. She was pretty bad," Hamblin said. She eventually had to leave D'Agostino behind and was certain that the American would have to stop.
  
"I didn't even realize she was still running. When I turned around at the finish line and she's still running, I was like, wow," Hamblin said.
 
She waited for her new friend to cross the line - D'Agostino had been lapped - and they hugged.
 
This time, it was D'Agostino who was in tears.
 
As D'Agostino was about to be taken away in a wheelchair, she stretched out her right hand and the two runners gripped each other's forearms for a few moments.
 
Hamblin and D'Agostino had provided a memory that captured the Olympic spirit.
 
"I'm never going to forget that moment," Hamblin said. "When someone asks me what happened in Rio in 20 years' time, that's my story."

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Why were the girls sure they had lost?
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COMMENTS (214)
  • jacks25-sto
    8/24/2016 - 02:30 p.m.

    I believe that why they thought they lost is because they got lapped.

  • jaydar-sto
    8/24/2016 - 03:00 p.m.

    Because the habim girl hurt her right foot. so d'agostion did not finish the finish line until habim finish.Then d'agostion finished the finish line.She also injurd her self now shes in a weel chair.

  • giavannac-orv
    8/26/2016 - 11:36 a.m.

    Because they both fell and injured themselves which gave time for the other runners to get ahead.

  • joeg-orv
    8/29/2016 - 03:05 p.m.

    They were sure that they lost because they had both fallen and the completion was to god for them to make up for the time that they had lost.

  • rlian-dav
    8/29/2016 - 04:19 p.m.


    In response to this article," I agree that that will be such a memory in the future. One reason I agree is that you might never see that in the Olympics ever again and it is just amazing that somebody will give up a Olympic medal to help a fellow competitor. Another reason is that it is heart warming and is very inspirational. It says in the article that one of them could have left the other person behind but they had the heart to help each other out. A third reason is that they have been training for that race for years and threw that away by helping each other. Even though they could have carried on with the race they helped each other, I think
    that was a beautiful thing to do and I think we need more people like them .

  • saml-ric
    8/30/2016 - 10:39 a.m.

    The girls were sure they had lost because one was injured. They had both been left behind by the other runners who were now faster than the injured girl. The other runner was now to far behind to catch up or win. To support my answer I gathered this from the text."It started when D'Agostino clipped Hamblin from behind and they both went sprawling with about 2,000 meters to go."

  • briannap1-ric
    8/30/2016 - 10:40 a.m.

    The girls were sure that they had lost because when she fell, she was already behind. When the other lady went to go and help her, she had lost too obviously. The race was over and neither of them had crossed the finish line yet. They were very supporting to each other and to them, that's all that mattered.

  • afrikab-ric
    8/30/2016 - 10:42 a.m.

    The girls were sure they had lost because they both fell down. Injuring themselves while the others kept going, wasted a lot of time. They were automatically thinking that they lost. It would be hard to catch up with the others.

  • addiey-ric
    8/30/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    The girls were sure that they had lost because Hamblin had fallen pretty bad, and D'Agostino decided to stop and help. As she was helping, all the other runners were getting way ahead. Then they realized there was no way they could win the race. But they at least had to make it to the finish line. And that was all that mattered.

  • jaydenh1-ric
    8/30/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    The girls were very supportive of each other. I know this because Abbey D'Agostino offered her help instead of winning the race. She even put her competitors needs before hers because she soon learned that she sprained her ankle.

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