American athlete Abby D’Agostino gutted out four-plus laps after appearing to suffer a painful injury after plunging into into the back of New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin.
D’Agostino, 24, had no time to avoid a stumbling Hamblin during her heat of the women’s 5000m.
Hamblin lay splayed on the blue track, and D’Agostino tried to help her up. Once that happened, D’Agostino crumbled back to the track twice, her leg buckling both times, and the Kiwi runner stayed with her for some time before rejoining the race.
After remarkably finishing the race, D’Agostino was helped off the track in a wheelchair.
D’Agostino would’ve been in trouble for making contact with a runner either way should she have made a miraculous comeback into contention.
Shelby Houlihan and Kim Conley of Team USA ran the other heat, with Houlihan qualifying for the final with a fourth-place run. Conley finished 12th.