Now that’s what you call Olympic spirit! After USA’s Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin collided during the women’s 5000m qualifiers on Aug. 16, they made sure each other finished the race instead of leaving each other behind. Watch the amazing video right here!
With about 2000m to go in the 5000m race, Abbey D’Agostino clipped the back of Nikki Hamblin‘s shoe as they ran in the pack of runners, which immediately made Nikki, 28, fall to the ground bringing Abbey, 24, down with her. Clearly hurt, Nikki lied on the ground knowing that her hopes of an Olympic medal had seemingly been dashed. But while Abbey was able to get right back up, she wasn’t going to let her opponent suffer — Abbey quickly rushed to help Nikki up and motivated her to finish the race!
“I was like, ‘Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this,'” Nikki said, according to NBC. Making the moment even more special, it was the first time the girls had ever met. Nikki couldn’t help calling Abbey “an amazing woman” for her Olympic spirit!
Ironically, Abbey was the one who needed the help in the end. As the two girls continued the race, Abbey realized that her ankle wasn’t in good shape and had to stop before finishing — and this time, it was Nikki encouraging Abbey to power through. Eventually Nikki had to go on without Abbey, as it seemed like Abbey might not even be able to finish. But their special moment together inspired Abbey to not give up, and she finished with a time of 17:10.02.
As if it wasn’t touching enough to watch the girls help each other out, they hugged once Abbey crossed the finish line, bringing tears to their eyes and everyone else’s! And to top it all off, officials recognized their incredible sportsmanship and gave them both a spot in the finals!
The girls may get a chance to redeem their times in the Aug. 19 finals, but with or without a record time or a medal, they’ll be the ones who are remembered for representing what the Olympics are all about. And according to Nikki, she’ll remember the friend she made more than anything!
“I’m never going to forget that moment,” Hamblin said. “When someone asks me what happened in Rio in 20 years’ time, that’s my story … That girl shaking my shoulder, (saying) ‘come on, get up’.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Abbey helping Nikki out? Do you think they’ll be able to win medals in the final? Tell us below!