New Delhi: It was an Olympic nightmare for New Zealand distance runner Nikki Hamblin and United States runner Abbey D’Agostino when the two collided with each other at the 5000m race in Rio Olympics 2016.
Spectators cringed as New Zealand’s Hamblin fell on the ground face-first while running between the en masse women. And right behind her, US’ D’Agostino fell, tripping on Hamblin.
Hamblin lay on the ground unable to comprehend what had happened. But Abbey pulled Hamblin from the ground and told her to continue her run. The duo then stood up, and started running. But something was wrong.
Right after putting their weight back on the track, Agostino fell to the ground again, her face cringed up in agony. Abbey’s right leg had been injured during the fall, making her incapable of continuing her run for the medal. Hamblin, who was trying to get back into the race, turned around and did what nobody had expected her to do — help Abbey up.
And for the rest of the 5000m race, the two players limped forward as the maddening crowd cheered them on, on and on after the race was finished.
After the race, Hamblin said in an interview to a radio talk show, “When I look back on Rio 2016, I’m not going to remember where I finished, I’m not going to remember my time… but I’ll always remember that moment.”
Olympic spirit is ideally believed to be relishing the essence of competition instead of fawning over who comes first or not.