Just after American Jenny Simpson crossed the line in first in the women’s 1,500m at the U.S. Olympic trials on Sunday, she was on the lookout for New Balance teammate Brenda Martinez. In a true display of sportsmanship, Simpson ran over to Martinez, who collapsed on the track, and said “I’m so proud of you.”
Martinez, thanks to her third-place finish, qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as did Simpson. The 29-year-old looked up to the big screen to make sure that Martinez had in fact finished third before hugging her teammate who was on the ground.
The race was particularly special for Martinez because she was involved in a collision during the women’s 800m earlier in the week. She didn’t qualify in the 800m though she was a favourite to come top three. Runners who finish in the top-three in their event and had the Olympic qualifying time made the U.S. team for Rio.
The U.S. trials were held in Eugene, Ore. Canada’s Olympic trials just concluded on Sunday in Edmonton as the two nations held their national championships at the same time.