After colliding, @abbey_dags (#USA) & @NikkiHamblin (#NZL) show true #Olympic spirit. https://t.co/LJf9pvPIbV https://t.co/HTfixzxCVS— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
D'Agostino reached for Hamblin's shoulder and helped her competitor up saying, "Get up, get up! We have to finish! This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this."
There were still 5 laps left in the race, which equates to a little over a mile. Despite the tumble, the duo finished the race, but it was obvious D'Agostino was in pain. Once the two crossed the finish line, they embraced in a huge hug, before D'Agostino was whisked away in a wheelchair to receive medical attention.
It was later determined that D'Agostino tore her ACL and strained her MCL from the fall, which means she ran for over a mile on a torn ACL! Instead of jumping up, or quitting, she grabbed her fallen competitor and together they finished the race.
Hamblin says it's a moment that she will never forget, “Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never, ever going to forget.”
The New Zealand Olympian continued, “The rest of your life, it’s going to be that girl shaking my shoulder like ‘Come on, get up.’ And I really hope she’s okay. And I know that she’s young and she’s going to have so many more opportunities. And being such a good human being, she’s going to get far.”
D'Agostino recently released a statement on the now "viral" moment from the Olympics saying, "Although my actions were instinctual at that moment, the only way I can and have rationalized it is that God prepared my heart to respond that way."
"This whole time here, he's made clear to me that my experience in Rio was going to be about more than my race performance — and as soon as Nikki got up I knew that was it."
Despite the tripping fiasco, the runners were given a spot in the finals. However, D'Agostino's 2016 Rio Olympics journey is complete due to her injury. Hamblin will compete in the final race.
Abbey D'Agostino is an Olympic hero, proving that not all athletes have to take home a medal to inspire millions!