Olympian acquired misplaced, almost missed a race, and received gold. Now he is tracked down his helper
It’s a scenario we are able to all relate to: You get on the fallacious bus, lose monitor of time and are available near lacking an necessary appointment – or within the case of Hansle Parchment, virtually don’t make your semifinal within the 110 meters hurdles on the Olympic Video games.
Jamaica’s gold medal-winning hurdler narrowly averted embarrassment because of a volunteer who gave the athlete cash for a taxi after he by chance traveled to an aquatics enviornment as an alternative of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on the day of his race.
And now Parchment has gone viral after monitoring down the girl, repaying her for the cab, and exhibiting her the gold medal he received the next day.
“I noticed this volunteer and I needed to beg… and he or she truly gave me some cash to take one of many taxis. And that’s how I used to be capable of get to the warm-up monitor on the stadium and with sufficient time to heat as much as compete,” he mentioned in a video recorded through the Video games, which has attracted world consideration this week.
“You have been instrumental in me attending to the ultimate that day,” he advised the volunteer after finding her.
Parchment completed second in his semifinal on August 4, behind the USA’ favourite Grant Holloway.
His second-place end meant he narrowly superior to the ultimate, the place he went one higher by claiming a shock gold medal – this time beating Holloway by one-twentieth of a second.
The volunteer’s small act of kindness was praised by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who shared the video on Twitter and wrote: “Each Jamaican is aware of that gratitude is a should. @ParchmentHansle demonstrates that completely right here.”
And the nation’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has invited the girl to go to Jamaica, he advised native newspaper The Gleaner.
“It’s selfless what she did; one wouldn’t know what the result would have been” had Parchment arrived late, he advised the paper.
Parchment’s win secured one in every of Jamaica’s 4 gold medals on the Tokyo Video games.