While in Rio, the Women’s 5000m heat, when the two runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin showed the humane treatment by stopping to help each other, resulted in losing the race, they may have lost the race but won the hearts and both of them were awarded special Olympic medals for sportsmanship on Saturday.
They received the ‘Pierre de Coubertin’ medal, which is for former athletes, sports promoters, sporting officials and others who exemplify Olympic sportsmanship. This medal was inaugurated in 1964 and has been awarded only 17 times previously, including three posthumous awards.
According to the Olympic Museum, it is also known as the De Coubertin medal or the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal and it is “One of the noblest honors that can be bestowed upon an Olympic athlete.”
The International Olympic Committee called the story of the two runners, “One of humanity and sacrifice, which has already captured the hearts of people across the globe.”
The ceremony held at the Olympic Club in Rio’s Olympic Park. Hamblin said after it ended:
“I think it’s very special for both Abbey and myself. I don’t think either of us woke up and thought that that was going to be our day, or our race, or our Olympic Games. Both of us are strong competitors and we wanted to go out there and do our best on the track.”