She was Winning the Race but Gives Up Lead to Help Runner with No Hands
In a race, you win if you get to be the first person to reach the finish line – yet a Kenyan woman “won” one race even if she only ranked second place. Technically, she was the second placer in the Zhengkai International Marathon in China back in 2010 yet her actions made her the true winner of the race in the hearts of many people.
A runner who has had lots of first place medals and trophies to her name, elite Kenyan marathoner Jacqueline Nytepi Kiplimo was on the right track to winning that 2010 marathon in China…until she saw a Chinese runner with no hands running at the 10-kilometer mark.
Dehydrated because he could not drink water handed every few kilometers of the race, the Chinese guy would probably not make it to the finish line. The kind-hearted Jacqueline slowed her pace so she could help him drink water. She would do so for the entire race, only leaving him at the 38-kilometer mark when she knew he could make it on his own.
Jacqueline is fast but the Chinese runner was not as fast; thus, she had to slacken her pace for 28 kilometers just so she could help him out. Her dash from 38 kilometers to the finish line at 42.2 km was the fastest she could muster but it was not enough to win her the race. She came in second.
Still, considering how slow she had gone for 28 kilometers, it was clear that she could have easily won that race if she didn’t slow down for the Chinese runner. Jacqueline did not win the race that day but she easily won the hearts of those who witnessed her selfless action. Yes, Jacqueline is truly a winner! She didn’t need to prove that by winning first place at that race. What an incredible woman.
Check out what she has to say about the incident in this video: