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Runner collapses just before finish line – guy in second place helps him across to win

posted: August 7, 2017

Are you ready for a TRUE example of sportsmanship?

Jesse Orach, 23, was about to win a 10K race in Portland, Maine on Saturday, a race he had run before – and won – a year ago. During the race, he began to suffer from heat stroke and right before the finish line, he collapsed.

Running in second place was Robert Gomez, 34, who could have easily passed him and won. Instead, he picked Jesse up, ran the last few feet with him, and PUSHED him across the finish line so he could repeat as the Beach to Beacon 10K champion.

He said afterward that Jesse ran the better race and deserved to win. And when he saw him on the ground, he just knew he had to help.

Jesse collapsed again after he finished, and didn’t even know he won until later. He spent about an hour in a medical tent, and they said his temperature got up to 107 DEGREES. Luckily he’ll be okay though.

One of the race officials said they could technically disqualify both of them, because you’re not allowed to help another runner. But they decided NOT to do that.

Robert Gomez helps Jesse Orach across the finish line of the Beach to Beacon 10K in Portland, Maine

Robert Gomez helps Jesse Orach across the finish line of the Beach to Beacon 10K in Portland, Maine. Image courtesy of the Portland Press Herald.



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