– Braima Dabo came to the rescue of Johnathan Busby in the dying minutes of their 5000m race
– Dabo says he turned his attention to his exhausted rival after realising he was not going to beat his personal record
– Busby was eventually collected at the finish by emergency personnel for examination
A Guinea-Bissau athlete has attracted global admiration and praise after helping an exhausted opponent cross the finish line.
Braima Dabo, who was participating at the world championships in Doha on Friday, September 27, helped a near collapse Aruban Johnathan Busby across the 5,000 meters finish line.
Despite the air-conditioned stadium, it is understood Busby was in distress on the last lap of his 5,000m heat when Dabo who was ahead of him stopped to help.
The Telegraph reports Busby was close to collapse, but Dabo took his weight as the pair limped home amid.a rousing ovation at Khalifa Stadium.
A video of the athletes that has since surfaced online showed the two crossing the finish line nearly five minutes after their competitors had finished the race.
An emergency personnel later appeared, with the Aruban put in a wheelchair before being taken from the track.
“The main objective was to represent my country as well as possible and I’m happy I could help the other guy. I saw he was not running in the right way, he was leaning, I realised he wasn’t going to finish,” Dabo told Reuters. “
“I knew I wasn’t going to beat my personal record, so when I realized that, it was better to go for the main aim, which was to finish the race. My thoughts were to help him finish, that is the point of the race,” he added.
The heat was won by Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega after clocking 13 minutes 24.69 seconds.
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