August 17, 2016

VOX CLAMANTIS IN RIO:

Runners help each other after fall, lifting Olympic spirit (AP, August 17, 2016)

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 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. 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 and put her hand on the New Zealander's shoulder, then under her arms 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. Like I never met this girl before. And isn't that just so amazing. Such an amazing woman."

As it turned out, D'Agostino probably needed more help: She soon realized she'd hurt her ankle in the fall.

Grimacing, she refused to give up, though, 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.

Figures it would take NH to teach the world decency.

Posted by at August 17, 2016 4:46 PM

  

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