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 Outstanding display of sportsmanship at Rio-2016: injured runners helped each other, show true Olympic spirit. VIDEO

New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin stumbled and fell, accidentally tripping Abbey D'Agostino of the U.S. as the athletes were competing the 5,000 meters Tuesday at Rio 2016.

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D'Agostino helped Hamblin back to her feet -- but the American had injured her leg in the incident. When it gave way and she slumped to the track seconds later, Hamblin then helped her up and stayed by her side to make sure she was OK.

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Both runners have been added to the field for Friday's final -- any lingering injury problems permitting -- after their team officials submitted successful protests.

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"It could have been a moment of controversy or anger. Instead it turned into a perfect demonstration of one of Olympism's founding principles -- that it's 'a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind'," CNN noted.

 
 
 
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