Rio 2016

Runner Helps Fallen Competitor Finish Race for Rio's Most Heartwarming Moment So Far

Amid all the bizarre stories about disgusting green pools, penis-related pole vaulting blunders, and strange cupping bruises, it's easy to miss all the acts of kindness and genuine sportsmanship unfolding at the Summer Olympics in Rio. A heartwarming gesture involving runners competing in a long-distance race on Monday, however, should not go overlooked.  

American runner Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were in the middle of Monday morning's 5,000-meter heat, when Hamblin appears to trip and fall, taking D'Agostino down with her, according to a report by Mashable. As you can see in the video below, Hamblin appears to curl up in pain on the track, but D'Agostino quickly gets up -- and in a beautiful act of kindness -- helps Hamblin to her feet so they could both finish the race.

Although visibly injured from the fall, both runners end up completing the heat, with Hamblin taking second to last place and D'Agostino taking last place, according to a report by ESPN. On the bright side, both runners automatically qualified for the 5,000-meter final race on Friday night on account of having been tripped. However, it's unclear how well D'Agostino will run with the knee injury she suffered in the fall. 

"I am so grateful to Abbey for helping me,'' Hamblin said, per the report. "That girl was the Olympic spirit right there. I am so impressed and inspired by that.''

So, while many athletes will be judged by how many gold medals they'll win in Rio, perhaps the best measure of an Olympian is how well they fail. 

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and would totally be the runner who falls during an Olympic race. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.