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Olympic spirit shows when runners stop to help each other after fall on track

New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin (left) and American Abbey D’Agostino hugged after their 5,000-meter race.
New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin (left) and American Abbey D’Agostino hugged after their 5,000-meter race.

Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about the Olympic spirit and wondered what it meant.

It’s this: On Tuesday, U.S. runner Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin were tangled up during the semifinals of the 5,000-meter run at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Rather than continue the race immediately, D’Agostino checked on Hamblin. When the two got up, D’Agostino’s leg gave out and she fell. This time, Hamblin stayed with D’Agostino until she was able to continue the race, although it wasn’t nearly at full speed.

Both continued the race, despite having no chance to advance. When D’Agostino finished the race, she was greeted by Hamblin, and the two hugged.

Hamblin told a reporter afterward: “I’ve never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing? That’s an amazing moment.”

Here the full text of what Hamblin told a reporter afterward:

There was some good news later:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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