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Dallas Marathon: Runner helps struggling marathon competitor cross the finish line, Watch video



SPECTATORS at the Dallas Marathon in Texas this weekend observed an act of true sportsmanship after the lead runner in the women’s division collapsed just metres before the finish line.

A video shows 32-year-old competitor Chandler Self less than 200m away from crossing the line and winning the marathon when her legs appear to give out and she falls to the ground.
Ariana Luterman, a 17-year-old high school student who was running in a separate relay race, helped the clearly exhausted woman to her feet and encouraged her to keep going.

Luterman ran alongside Self for the next 200m, picking her back up each time she fell.

As they neared the end, Luterman pushed Self ahead so she could lunge across the finish line and win the race.
Medical staff immediately came to help Self and took her away in a wheelchair, where she asked “Did I win?”, Dallas News reported.

“The only thing I could think of to do was to pick her up, so I picked her up and I think she was a little confused at first,” Luterman was recorded saying.

“No way was I going to start sprinting and just leave her there.

“She was just down and I was so worried she wasn’t going to make it. So I picked her up with all my might. Right when we got to the finish line, I just kind of pushed her in front of me so she would be the one to cross that line.”

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