US And New Zealand Runners Who Came Last After Helping Each Other Get Moved To The Finals

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Two athletes who came last in the women's 5,000 meters are being praised for their sportsmanship after they collided during the race. American Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were 3,000 meters into the race when D'Agostino clipped Hamblin's heel, sending them both to the ground. But instead of being disappointed that they were now out of the race for a spot in the finals, the two helped each other to the finish line.
Athletics - Olympics: Day 11
D'Agostino, 24, tried to get up to help her rival, but it quickly became apparent that she'd suffered an ankle injury.
Athletics - Olympics: Day 11
Both athletes then tried to continue the race, with Hamblin helping her injured opponent along the way. D'Agostino eventually told Hamblin to go on without her. 
Hamblin ended up coming second to last, with a time of 16:43. D'Agostino finished last with a time of 17:10, and it's impressive that she even finished at all. 
Athletics - Olympics: Day 11
Hamblin waited at the finish and cheered on D'Agostino until she hobbled over the line. The two shared an emotional hug before D'Agostino was taken away in a wheelchair for an MRI scan. It was later revealed that she'd only twisted her ankle. 
Athletics - Olympics: Day 11
Hamblin told press:
"When I went down, I was like 'Whats happening, why am I on the ground?' And suddenly there's this hand on my shoulder like 'Get up, get up, we have to finish this.'"
"I'm so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. I mean, that girl is the Olympic spirit right there."
"I'm so impressed and inspiring 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?"
And while they may have come last, Hamblin and D'Agostino were both given a spot in the final on Friday for their actions. 
And the internet was full of praise for both of them.
Hopefully D'Agostino is fit enough to compete in the finals.
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