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Monday, 22 August 2016 - 8:38
New Zealand and US runners awarded for sportsmanship
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The two Olympic runners who helped each other cross the finish line after falling together in the middle of their race have been awarded a prize for embodying the Olympic spirit.

New Zealander Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino were awarded the Pierre de Coubertin award on Saturday night by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for epitomising the Olympic values of fair play and sportsmanship.

The pair were racing in a 5,000m heat when Hamblin tripped and fell. D’Agostino was caught up in the tumble and also fell. She managed to get up, and rather

The pair began to race on, but D’Agostino had twisted her leg badly in the tumble and fell again. Like D’Agostino, Hamblin chose to stay at her side rather than race away, giving up her own medal chances in the process.

Supported by Hamblin, Agostino managed to get up and the pair finished the race together.

The award, which is named after the father of the modern Olympic games, has only been given 17 times.
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