Abbey D’Agostino was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin award for her sportsman spirit and good will during the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s 5000m race. Find out more about the U.S. athlete.
Even though she did set a record for being the fastest woman alive, Abbey D’Agostino along with Nikki Hamblin did display an incredible show of humanity and generosity of spirit.
Both the athletes had an unfortunate fall during the Women’s 5000m race. Nikki Hamblin was the first to go down followed by Abbey.
However, while Nikki was shell-shocked for a moment or two, Abbey was already on her feet. While she could have carried on and even caught up with the rest of the runners, she decided to stay back to make sure that Nikki was alright.
Urged to finish the race by Abbey, Nikki finally got to her feet only to find Abbey down on her knees, unable to get up. Abbey was more injured than she initially realized and told Nikki to carry on without her.
Then it was Nikki’s turn to return the favor and she refused to budge without her rival-turned-companion who had helped her get up on her feet. They both were the last ones to finish the race.
Abbey D’Agostino Facts
Here are a few must-know facts about Abbey D’Agostino:
- Abbey was born on 25th May 1992 in Topsfield, Massachusetts
- She won 7 NCAA championships at Dartmouth College, including indoor, outdoor and cross country titles, reports NBC Olympics.
- She is the 1st Dartmouth woman distance runner to win an individual NCAA title.
- She is also one of the most renowned Ivy League athletes and the first one to win an NCAA cross country title.
- Her mother, Donna, ran track and cross country for UMass-Dartmouth.
- She and Nikki are following each other on Twitter!
The Pierre de Coubertin award has only been handed out 17 times before in the history of Olympics and the International Olympic Committee believed that both Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin were rightful recipients of the award this year, reports The Guardian.
According to News.com, the IOC stated, “The D’Agostino and Hamblin story is one of humanity and sacrifice which has already captured the hearts of people across the globe.”
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