Athletes’ tumble during race ends with one of most inspirational moments at Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO — There were two casualties during the women’s 5,000-meter race, but their tumble became one of the most inspirational moments of the Rio Olympics.

American Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin, of New Zealand, tangled and both ended up on the track in the second heat. It ended their hopes for an Olympic medal in that contest.

But instead of quit or point fingers, they both showed amazing sportsmanship.

D’Agnostino got up to help Hamblin, who was sprawling on the ground.

Then as D’Agnostino hobbled on what appeared to be a right ankle injury, Hamblin tried to help her continue.

In the end, Hamblin finished in 29th place, one ahead of D’Agostino. The pair embraced at the finish, before D’Agostino was taken from the track in a wheelchair.

Fresh from her world-record setting victory in the 10,000-meters, Almaz Ayana had a comfortable gold medal win.

The 24-year-old Ethiopian, the world champion in the 5,000, surged away from the pack with seven laps to go in heat 2 and led all qualifiers in 15 minutes, 4.35 seconds on Tuesday — 13 seconds clear of countrywoman Senbere Tefere, the world championship silver medalist.

Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, the Olympic silver medalist in the 5,000 and two-time world champion, was next in 15:17.74.

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