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Olympic ideal lives on with Abbey D'Agostino selfless act on the track

By Matt McGeehan

There was a touching moment in the heats of the women's 5,000m when New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell, taking American Abbey D'Agostino down with her.

D'Agostino was the first to get to her feet, but rather than race on, she stopped to help her rival up.

In fact it was the American who was the most hurt after going over on her ankle, but she hobbled through the rest of the race to finish more than 26 seconds adrift in last.

Hamblin came home second last, herself more than 26 seconds behind the rest of the field, and waited at the finish to embrace D'Agostino as she crossed the line.

D'Agostino was taken off the track in a wheelchair, with both progressing to the final on appeal.

Hamblin said: "That girl is the Olympic spirit right there.

"I went down and I was like, 'What's happening? Why am I on the ground?'

"Then suddenly this hand on my shoulder, like, 'Get up, get up, we have to finish this', and I was like, 'Yup, yup, you're right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this'.

"I've never met this girl before and isn't that just so amazing? Such an amazing woman," she added.

"Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that's a moment that you're never ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder, like, 'Come on, get up'."

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