It is one of the most inspiring stories of this or any Olympic Games.
Abbey D’Agostino of Team USA and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin fell during the opening round of the women’s 5,000-metre race on Tuesday.
What D’Agostino told her rival could go down in Olympic folklore.
“Get up, get up! We have to finish! This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.”
D’Agostino had an injured knee. But when Hamblin turned back to the struggling American, D’Agostino told her to keep going.
Both continued, D’Agostino eventually finishing the race in last place. Hamblin came in second to last. The two runners embraced at the finish line.
Hamblin later helped D’Agostino into a wheelchair.
And it was a happy ending, both runners qualified for the final because they were tripped.
This is what Hamblin had to say about a woman she had never met in her life.
“I finished and I had a lonely last four laps, but she she ran four and a half laps barely being able to run. I’m so impressed and inspired that she did that.
“I’ve never met her before. Like, I’ve never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing? That’s an amazing moment. Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never, ever going to forget.
“The rest of your life, it’s going to be that girl shaking my shoulder like, ‘Come on, get up.’