As the 5,000-meter kicked off on Tuesday, the Olympians were racing their hearts out.
Yet the biggest attention didn't fall on the winner of the race. It went to American Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin.
During the race, Hamblin fell down and hit the track hard — taking D'Agostino down with her:
Then, when D'Agostino could have just kept going, she turned her focus to helping Hamblin instead:
Then when D'Agostino's knee gave out:
Hamblin helped her back up:
D'Agostino and Hamblin embraced after finishing the race:
Then Hamblin helped D'Agostino, who'd been injured in the tumble, get into a wheelchair right after that:
Following the race, Hamblin said of the moment and her new American friend:
"When I went down, I was like, 'What's happening, why I am on the ground?' And suddenly there's this hand on my shoulder like, 'Get up, get up, we have to finish this.'
And I'm like 'Okay, yep, yep, you're right, it's the Olympic Games, 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 finished and I had a lonely last four laps but 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. 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 my life, it's going to be that girl shaking my shoulder like 'Come on, get up.'”
Despite the tumble, both ladies will be advancing to the finals.