A pair of runners at the Olympics had a disaster on the track, but showed the world what sportsmanship is all about. Running in the men’s 800 meters, Team U.S.A’s Isaiah Jewett was in position to finish in the top two in his heat, until he fell with Botswana’s Nijel Amos.
The athletes tripped and collapsed on the track and Jewett admits, “It was devastating. I’m not going to lie.” But instead of being bitter, he got up and the men helped each other to their feet. They put their arms around each other and finished the race. Amos even let Jewett finish one step ahead of him.
They came in last and second to last, but that’s not what matters. The important thing is that they finished the race with no hard feelings and were an example of sportsmanship and forgiveness to fans watching around the world. “I learned from all the superhero animations I watch, regardless of how mad you are, you have to be a hero at the end of the day,” Jewett says. “That was my version of trying to be a hero.”
Source: USA Today