In the second running event of the female 5,000 meters at the Olympics, Abbey D’Agostino of the United States team reminded us of what the spirit of Olympic Games are all about.
After Nikki Hamblin fall down, D’Agostino stumbled and fell over the New Zealander, injuring her knee.
But instead of immediately trying to catch the pack of other runners, the American helped the opponent Hamblin get back to her feet.
The two shaken runners were able to finish the race, although well behind the rest of the group. D’Agostino has been applauded for her inspiring actions.
It’s not the only gesture of sportsmanship at the Olympics, and it’s unlikely to be the last.
Here are top memorable moments of great sportsmanship at the Summer Olympics:
Lutz Long, long jumper, Olympic Berlin 1936
After struggling on his first two attempts in the long jump, Jesse Owens needed to make an adjustment if he wished to qualify for the final. People said that the German competitor Long, who had befriended Owens, told the 23-year-old American athlete to tweak his approach — suggested that would change the course of the competition. Long, who had already qualified for the final, advised Owens to make his final attempt from a foot behind the takeoff board to avoid the risk of another fail. Follow Lutz’s advice, Owens qualified for the final and went on to win the gold medal while Long only won the silver.
Shawn Crawford, sprinter, Beijing 2008
In the final of the 200 meters event, American sprinter Crawford ended up fourth behind winner Usain Bolt, American Wallace Spearmon and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles. But afterward, it was determined Spearmon and Martina had walked on their lane lines during the race, a technical mistake that disqualified them. As a result, Crawford went from fourth position to the second and was awarded the silver medal. After the final Games, Martina received a package from Crawford. When he opened it, it contained the American’s silver medal.