Most memorable moments of Olympic sportsmanship (Part 5)

Cam McEvoy, swimmer, Rio 2016

Major in the 100-meter freestyle, Australian swimmer Cam McEvoy finished at shocking seventh place. But instead of turning a cheek to the champion, Australian teammate Kyle Chalmers, McEvoy celebrated his Olympic roommate’s winning title. After the race, McEvoy hoisted Chalmers’ arm and pointed at the gold-medal of winner as the act to recognize his feat.

The swimsuit of Sweden’s Therese Alshammar torned as she was preparing for a 50-meter freestyle semifinal. Torres, an American athlete who competing in her fifth Olympics, tried helping Alshammar fix the suit; unfortunately, Alshammar had to change it and didn’t enter the pool area with the rest of the swimmers. Unaware of Alshammar’s situation, race organizers simply assumed that she had missed her race. Torres, however, told them the scenario, and the race didn’t begin until Alshammar was ready. Alshammar did not qualify for the final, but Torres did and succeeded in winning silver.

Judy Guinness, fencer, Los Angeles 1932

British fencer Guinness was in place to win the individual foil gold medal match against Austria’s athlete Ellen Preis. Guinness, however, fairly notified the judges that they failed to award points to Preis as he succeeded touches, and the change in scoring reversed the final result, giving Preis gold medal and Guinness silver.

Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupac, sailors, Beijing 2008

Kostov and Cupac of Croatia didn’t get enough points to qualify for the final of the men’s 49er skiff class, but their boat did. Event leaders Martin Kirketerp Ibsen and Jonas Warrer of Denmark team were in danger of being stranded when the mast of their skiff broke before the 10-boat final. Lucky for them, Kostav and Cupac agreed to let the Danes team use their vessel. Warrer and Ibsen finished seventh place with the borrowed boat, which was all they needed to get the gold medal. Kostov, Cupac and their trainer, Ivan Bulaja, were awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal for their fair sporting gesture.