It is evident that victory is one of the most satisfying sensations an athlete can have. However, sport means much more. Today we will explore great gestures of humanity in different sports competitions.
Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino:
During the 5,000-meter race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, New Zealand’s Hamblin and the United States’ D’Agostino collided with two kilometers to go, both falling to the ground. D’Agostino got up and tried to help Hamblin, but was unable to stand, sore from a leg injury she sustained from the impact of the fall. It was then that Hamblin decided to hold her opponent’s hand and help her to her feet. The two ran together for the remainder of the race before they embraced at the finish line.
Tana Umaga and Colin Charvis:
During a rugby match between New Zealand and Wales, Charvis, received a hard tackle from his rival Jerry Collins. The referee allowed the play to continue, which represented a great scoring opportunity for the All Blacks, but New Zealander Umaga saw that Charvis had been left lying on the ground, so he left his position and went to help him. The All Blacks player removed his opponent’s mouthguard and attended to him on the field. Umega received the Pierre de Coubertin medal for his sportsmanship.
Derek Redmond and his dad Jim:
A memorable image took place in the semifinal of the 400-meter dash at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In the middle of the competition, the Briton Derek Redmond suffered a tear. Seconds later, he recovered and continued his race limping with obvious signs of pain. His father Jim couldn’t bear to see him like that, so he jumped out of the stands, dodged the security guards and helped his son finish the race.
Paolo di Canio’s empathy:
The controversial Di Canio had a memorable gesture during a Premier League match in 2001. Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard came out of his box to clear a ball, but ended up injured on the pitch. Di Canio (a West Ham player at the time) received the ball all alone in front of goal, but instead of sending the ball into the back of the net, he grabbed the ball with his hands as a show of solidarity. For this gesture he won the FIFA Fair Play award.
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