Though they failed to medal, runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin were given special Olympic medals for their display of sportsmanship last week.
D’Agostino and Hamblin collided during the 5,000m on Tuesday and paused during the race to make sure they were both alright. D’Agostino ended up finishing the race despite suffering a torn ACL, sprained MCL and torn meniscus.
For their actions, both runners were presented Saturday with the Pierre de Coubertin medal, awarded to those who exemplify the Olympic spirit.
“I was on the ground for too long to get back up and catch on to the pack,” Hamblin said. “So then it becomes about finishing the race, and finishing the race well. I am so grateful to Abbey for picking me up, and I think many people would have returned the favour. […] Once you are on the track, there is a mutual understanding of what it takes to get there.”
D’Agostino and Hamblin both won protests and were allowed to qualify for the final in the 5,000m. D’Agostino’s injury kept her from competing and Hamblin finished in last place.