Fallen Runners Show World True Meaning of Olympic Spirit

Image: Abbey D'Agostino (USA) of USA thanks Nikki Hamblin (NZL) of New Zealand after finishing the race.

D’Agostino thanks Hamblin after finishing the race. DAVID GRAY / Reuters

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.

Olympic officials also decided that both runners, and Austria’s Jennifer Wenth, who was also affected by the collision, would have places in Friday’s final.

“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 … That girl shaking my shoulder, (saying) ‘come on, get up’.”

Image: Abbey D'Agostino of the United States (R) hugs Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand

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