August 2016 The Olympic Spirit

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Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino were heralded for capturing the “Olympic spirit” when competing in the qualifying heat for the 5,000 metres. With 2,000 metres left to go, New Zealand athlete Hamblin tripped and fell, accidentally tripping up the USA’s D’Agostino too. The American soon got up and instead of running helped Hamblin before faltering on a clearly injured foot. D’Agostino later fell down again and so Hamblin helped her up and the two began to run the race together before embracing at the finish line. Both runners were awarded places in the final but D’Agostino was unable to participate due to the injury she sustained.