“That girl is the Olympic spirit,” American runner helps competitor, completes race with injured ankle

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – While competing in the Olympics, every athlete wants to perform at their best.

Sometimes, other things are simply more important than finishing in first place.

Just over 3,000 meters into a semifinal of the women’s 5,000 meter race, two runners got tangled up and fell to the track.

As New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell to the track, Abbey D’Agostino from the United States couldn’t avoid the collision.

After falling to the ground, D’Agostino  helped Hamblin to her feet in order to continue the race.

A few meters later, D’Agostino collapsed again and even crawled on all fours.

However, Hamblin wouldn’t leave her side and made sure she could stay on her feet. Eventually, D’Agostino told Hamblin to go ahead and continued to hobble to the finish line.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Abbey D'Agostino of the United States (R) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after a collision during the Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 16: Abbey D’Agostino of the United States (R) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after a collision during the Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

 

D’Agostino finished two full minutes behind the winner, ending up in last place. Amazingly, she will be allowed to advance to the final on Friday since the collision was unavoidable and not her fault.

“I’m so grateful for Abbey doing that for me,” Hamblin said after the race. “That girl is the Olympic spirit right there.”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Abbey D'Agostino of the United States (R) hugs Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after the Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 16: Abbey D’Agostino of the United States (R) hugs Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after the Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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