NZ Runner Nikki Hamblin Wins Rare Olympic Medal
New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin and US competitor Abbey D'Agostino have both won awards for the inspiring sportsmanship they displayed during their Olympic event. Whilst competing in the women’s 5,000 meter semi-final, the pair tripped over one other and instead of carrying on with the race, they helped each other up and continued on together.
The International Fair Play Committee of the Olympics recognised this refreshing act of kindness and awarded both competitors a Fair Play Olympic trophy.
Both competitors are also in line to receive the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin medal. The distinguished medal has only been awarded 17 times in Olympic history and is given to athletes who demonstrate the true Olympic spirit.
“Nobody has epitomised these values more at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 than runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin,” the Olympic committee said in a statement. “The International Fair Play Committee, with the support of the International Olympic Committee, presented them with Fair Play awards today at the Olympic Club in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro for two separate acts of selflessness and exemplary sportsmanship.”
Thank you Rio 🇧🇷💚
— Nikki Hamblin (@NikkiHamblin) August 22, 2016
“The D’Agostino and Hamblin story is one of humanity and sacrifice which has already captured the hearts of people across the globe. New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell to the ground during the 5,000m race, accidentally bringing American D’Agostino down behind her with around 2,000m to go. The 24-year-old D’Agostino was quick to get up again, yet instead of carrying on with her race she stopped to help the stricken Hamblin to her feet, encouraging her to join her in attempting to finish the race. However, during her tumble, D’Agostino suffered an ankle injury, slowing the runner down, but Hamblin sportingly hung back to in return offer her encouragements. The two women went on to complete the race together."
Pretty cool huh?