By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Olympic Runners Collide And Then Help Each Other Up Showing True Sportsmanship.

Every Olympics the world learns about the power of the human spirit and its ability to push the body past perceived limitations. Every four years, strangers from all parts of the world come together for the love of their sport and country to be number one.

Athletes train for years, making daily sacrifice for a chance at a medal and to make history. And yet, it is not always about winning gold but by displaying the true meaning of sportsmanship. During the 5,000 heat run in Rio, Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand fell, accidentally tripping Abbey D’Agostino of the United States.

Confused, Hamblin sat on the floor wondering what had happened. That’s when D’Agostino put her hands on Hamblin’s shoulder telling her, “get up, get up! We have to finish! This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.” What followed next has made the world fall in love with the two Olympic athletes.

D'Agostino and Hamblin continued the race. D'Agostino, however, had hurt her knee in the fall.

When Hamblin looked back, she noticed D'Agostino was not doing well. The American told the New Zealander to keep going. Hamlin stayed back to help the D'Agostino finish the race. The two women finished last.

Due to the fall the two women have been allowed to compete in the finals. It is unclear, however, if D'Agostino will be able to compete as she was escorted in a wheelchair for medical treatment.

"When someone asks me what happened in Rio in 20 years time, that is my story. She is my story," says Hamlin. The two women made Olympic history without needing to win a medal.