Distance Runner Sacrifices His Own 5,000 Meter Race To Help Exhausted Fellow Competitor Cross The Finish Line
Guinea-Bissau's Braima Dabo produced a heart-warming display of sportsmanship as he helped an exhausted Jonathan Busby of Aruba across the line in the 5,000 meters at the World Championships in Doha.
Busby finished in Dabo's arms to huge cheers at the Khalifa International Stadium on Friday before collapsing to the track.
The runner needed medical attention after finishing the race – thanks to the help of Dabo in the final 300m – and was eventually taken away in a wheelchair.
Sport is about so much more than just your own performance. 👏👏 to Braima Suncar Dabo🇬🇼 and Jonathan Busby🇦🇼 at the… https://t.co/WrWm07J6Qt— World Athletics (@World Athletics)1569616091.0
Dabo sacrificed his own race but still ran a personal best of 18 minutes, 10.87 seconds, although Busby was disqualified.
The race, in which Great Britain's Andrew Butchart finished seventh to scrape into the final, was won by Ethiopia's Selemon Barega in a time of 13 minutes, 24.69 seconds.
But for many, it was Dabo who ultimately won with his selfless act.
@iaaforg This is the sport Respect And ethics Beautiful support 👏🏾— Abdullah N Al Thani (@Abdullah N Al Thani)1569621688.0
@iaaforg 😇This is what World needs right now,,instead fighting each other we have to help each other and love your… https://t.co/dErICaieSb— Steve J. Oscar 🇰🇪 (@Steve J. Oscar 🇰🇪)1569642219.0
@iaaforg This gave me the chills! Wonderful sportsmanship.— Kim Robertson (@Kim Robertson)1569626982.0
Some even called for Dabo to be rewarded for his actions.
@iaaforg He should get the athletics equivalent of FIFA fair play award. 👌🌟👏👏👏— Nathan Douglas Ngumi (@Nathan Douglas Ngumi)1569645590.0
Kudos To Dabo for giving the world a beautiful moment to cheer for.