The IAAF championship is currently underway and a Guinea-Bissau athlete has attracted global admiration and praise after helping an exhausted opponent cross the finish line.

The athlete identified as Braima Dabo was participating at the world championships in Doha, on Friday, September 27.

Just as he saw the need to help his fellow athlete who was collapsing, he abandoned his race and him.

He helped the other athlete who was also identified as Aruban Johnathan Busby, who was about to collapse, cross the 5,000 meters finish line.

Despite the air-conditioned stadium, it is understood Busby was in distress on the last lap of his 5,000m heat when Dabo who was ahead of him stopped to help.

Per reports, Busby was close to collapse, but Dabo took his weight as the pair limped home amid a rousing ovation at Khalifa Stadium.

A video of the two showed that the two crossed the finish line nearly five minutes after their competitors had finished the race.


An emergency personnel later appeared, with the Aruban put in a wheelchair before being taken from the track.

Addressing reporters, Dabo said;

“The main objective was to represent my country as well as possible and I’m happy I could help the other guy. I saw he was not running in the right way, he was leaning, I realised he wasn’t going to finish. I knew I wasn’t going to beat my personal record, so when I realized that, it was better to go for the main aim, which was to finish the race. My thoughts were to help him finish, that is the point of the race.”



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