No hard feelings: Jewett finishes with racer who tripped him
TOKYO (AP) - The runner who just tripped Isaiah Jewett from behind was sprawled next to him on the track.
Hurt or hard feelings? Just the opposite. The American 800-meter runner was a good sport.
Jewett helped rival Nijel Amos from Botswana to his feet, put his arms around him, and together they finished a semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
They were 54 seconds behind the winner. But in this case time didn't matter. It was the right thing, said Jewett.
It was exactly in line with all of the superhero anime shows he watches.
"No matter how crazy you are, you have to be a hero at the end of the day," said Jewett, wanting to protest. “And that was my version of trying to be a hero - getting up and showing off good character, even if it's my rival or whoever I'm driving or if something happened.
"Because heroes do this, they show their humanity by showing who they are and showing that they are good people."
Jewett was about to kick the last corner when his heel hit Amos. He went down. Amos too.
"When he looked at me, he said, 'I'm sorry," "Jewett said. "I said, 'It's okay man.'"
Jewett has one simple rule when racing: finish. He made Amos do it too.
“I'm super blessed because not many people need to be here. I have to live in this moment, not the moment that just happened, ”said the 24-year-old runner from California. “I can go to this stage and show you guys that I am. This is what I want to keep doing to show who I am. If it wasn't today, I'll try again tomorrow. That won't stop me from being a hero. "
The friendly gesture was certainly appreciated by Amos.
"You are all united by emotions," he said. “We felt all the emotions when we went down. When we got up and just tried ... to come home. "
There's still a chance Jewett could win an appeal and advance to the finals. But he can be beaten up. He's not sure yet. He fell hard on the track and thinks he hit his head.
"It's adrenaline right now since I can stand and walk around," said Jewett. “I felt a bit of spikes on my legs. I'm still alive. I am still running. That's all anyone can ask for. "
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