Runner sacrifices own 5,000m race to help exhausted rival across the line

Braima Dabo came to the aid of Jonathan Busby.

By Press Association Published: 27 September 2019 - 9.28pm

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 metres 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.

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.