Olympic runner helps competitor to her feet after heartbreaking fall

Runners Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin may not have won their 5,000 meter heat today in the Rio Olympics, but their attitudes are gold-medal caliber.

Hamblin, who is representing New Zealand in this summer's games, tripped on the packed track partly through the race, taking American D'Agostino down with her.

After the fall, a a clearly discouraged Hamblin lay motionless on the ground for several seconds. Get ready to cry, though: D'Agostino instantly helped Hamblin get to her feet.

"This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this," D'Agostino reportedly said. And finish the race they did — to a surely very teary-eyed audience. 

Fortunately, the Olympic dream isn't definitively over for either runner. Because they were tripped, both will be allowed to run in the event final later in the week.

At this point, it is unclear if D'Agostino's apparent knee injury will prevent her from competing.

But talk about Olympic spirit.

source: mashable

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