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Abbey D’Agostino helping Nikki Hamblin up in this race is the only Olympic moment you need to see


During a 5,000-meter race this morning, Olympians Nikki Hamblin (of New Zealand) and Abbey D’Agostino (of the USA) both stumbled and fell on the 4th lap — with 12 laps to go.

Then D’Agostino rushed to help Hamblin up. “Come on, get up,” she said. “We have to finish this race.”

D’Agostino’s knee had been twisted and hurt in the fall. So Hamblin returned the favor: She waited until D’Agostino was able to move her knee again and then they both continued.

Hamblin beat D’Agostino by less than a minute, but the whole mess slowed them both down by a lot. But because the fall wasn’t their fault, they both made it through to the finals.

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Abbey D’Agostino helping Nikki Hamblin up in this race is the only Olympic moment you need to see

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder or BriannaSnyder.com

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