After the fall, a display of Olympic spirit
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, when 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, and 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.
In an Olympics that has seen a few unsavory incidents - the Egyptian judoka who refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent, the booing of a French pole vaulter by the Brazilian crowd - Hamblin and D'Agostino 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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  • lblac-wim4
    9/16/2016 - 12:09 p.m.

    this years rio Olympics, New Zeeland and American girl tripped over each other during a track race. Hamblin fell really hard on her right shoulder and D'Agostino hurt her ankle. stated by the author, "I started when D'Agostino clipped Hamblin from behind and they both went sprawling with 2,000 meters to go." Even though they still had 2,000 meters to go, Hamblin still got up and ran the rest of the race. After the race she encouraged D'Agostino to never give up!

  • sheilak-pav
    9/19/2016 - 09:55 a.m.

    this is what the Olympics is all about; everyone coming together and having this fun time in the Olympics. even though they both each thought they were finished both the girls helped each other out and finished even if they didn't finish first.

  • cheyl-orv
    9/22/2016 - 02:32 p.m.

    it is amazing that Abbey d'agostino helped up Nikki Hamblin not even caring about the win just caring about the other girl and helping her make it crosses the finish line.

  • calon-wim5
    10/21/2016 - 12:43 p.m.

    In the article Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino were competitors in the women's 5,000 meters qualifying heat at Rio de Janeiro. They were 3,000 meters in when D'Agostino accidently kicked Hamblin from behind that sent both of them falling on to the track. Hamblin was seen laying on the track in a daze with a hurt shoulder but she was woken out of her daze by D'Agostino, who badly injured her ankle. D'Agostino told Hamblin that they shouldn't give up even though they were behind in the race and were sure they had lost. They both lost and D'Agostino went to the hospital. Although they did not come home with the recognition they thought they would receive, they came home with a greater recognition a recognition that would last for the next 100 Olympic games.

  • rubyz2-sch
    1/19/2017 - 01:46 p.m.

    I think this a healthy pursuit because she kept falling and she kept getting up urging not to quit with the help of D'Agostino for example, " D'Agostino crouched down, put her hands under the New Zealander's shoulders to help her up, and softly urged her not to quit." This tells me that this is also a better mindset for both of them. With this midset it makes the better for the training they'll put in to not give up.Therefore, it is a memorable moment in the Olympics and a healthy pursuit to not give up. This article contributes to the happiness of those who partake in it because people will learn how to not give up on themselves. Also other people will be happy since they'll and have hope that there're
    more people like D'Agostino in the world. At the end Nikki has finally finish and also made a new friend, "She waited for her new friend to cross the line - D'Agostino had been lapped - and they hugged." which to many people are very glad to have the moment happen. To sum up, both of the runners had a lot of grit to finish with team work and this article is both happy and a healthy pursuit.

  • jillianf-
    2/10/2017 - 08:39 a.m.

    The girls new they lost because ever since they fell they knew they weren't going to catch up to others.

  • Emmam-dav1
    8/28/2017 - 09:13 a.m.

    I like " After the fall, a display of Olympic spirit" because it shows good sportsmanship between the two runners. When Hamblin fell in the middle of the race Abby D'Agostino went right over and encouraged Hamblin to get up and keep racing. I agree with Abby's decision to help Hamblim because even though they were racing she took it upon herself to help her fellow component.

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