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Runner DQed for carrying injured teammate to finish line (video)

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An incredible act of sportsmanship took place at the Utah Class 6A state cross-country meet on Wednesday.

Blake Lewis, a junior at Riverton High School, broke his left tibia with about 200 meters left in the three-mile race, according to Fox’s affiliate in Salt Lake City.

“[At] like 300 [meters], it started really hurting,” Lewis told the Fox affiliate. “Then, like, 200, I just heard my bone snap. It was excruciating.”

Lewis’ mom heard it.

“I thought he stepped on a branch,” she told the news station. “I have never actually heard him scream like that.”

Riverton senior Sean Rausch saw a hobbled Lewis, picked up his teammate, and carried him on his back toward the finish.

“He was screaming the whole way, but I kept telling him we’re a family, we’re a team, and we’re all in this together,” Rausch said.

Rausch put Lewis down just before the line, allowing Lewis to hop on one leg over it in front of him. They finished 111th and 112th out of the 122-runner field, according to RunnerSpace.com results.

Both runners were disqualified per a rule outlawing assisting runners during a race, the Utah High School Activities Association said Friday.

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Oldest Olympic high jump champion retires

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Spain’s Ruth Beitia, who in Rio became the oldest Olympic high jump champion by six years, announced her retirement at age 38 on Wednesday.

Beitia was pending medical results for possible arthritis, according to Marca.

She followed her Olympic title with silver at the European Indoor Championships in March but didn’t crack the top three at any 2017 Diamond League meet and was 12th at the world championships in August, her final meet.

Beitia capped a decorated career in Rio with her first Olympic medal. She did so against a field that did not include the reigning Olympic or world champions from Russia.

Beitia cleared 1.97 meters to win in Rio, the shortest gold-medal height since 1980, to become the oldest Olympic gold medalist in any jumping event. German long jumper Heike Drechsler previously held the age record.

Two women in the Rio heptathlon — gold medalist Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium and Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson — cleared 1.98 meters in that competition.

Beitia previously retired after finishing fourth at the 2012 Olympics, then came back to win her first World Outdoor Championships medal, a bronze, in 2013.

“A medal in Rio would be the last dream I have left to accomplish in this sport,” she said before the Olympics.

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Harriette Thompson, oldest woman to finish marathon, dies at 94

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Harriette Thompson, the oldest woman to finish a marathon, died at age 94 early on Monday morning.

Son Brenneman Thompson confirmed that she had been placed into hospice care after being injured in a fall Oct. 6 while delivering gifts to neighbors at a Charlotte retirement community.

“Her last words were, ‘Everything’s fine,'” Brenneman Thompson said Monday. “She’s had a great life. She lived it to the fullest.”

In 2015, Thompson, a cancer survivor, became the oldest woman to finish a marathon, clocking 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon.

In June, Thompson became the oldest woman to finish a half marathon, also in San Diego.

Thompson, who battled jaw and skin cancer, didn’t take up marathon running until age 76 and completed 16 full San Diego Marathons between 1999 and 2015.

Thompson raised more than $100,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in her road-race career.