The SA Cross Country Championship took place over the weekend and while there Allan Smith witnessed a moment of true sportsmanship between the two runners.
Allan Smith was at the finish line when he spotted one of the runners assisting a struggling runner to cross the finish line. 17 year old cross country athlete Ronen Oosthuizen helped fellow athlete Mpho Mitchell 150 meters to reach the end.
He said it was a moment that brought tears to his eyes because of how much pride he felt.
“One of the most Sporting and emotional moments for me this weekend at the SA Cross Country Champs. To see an athlete give up his position to assist an athlete from another province finish his event shows that TOGETHER WE CAN BE STRONGER… This bought tears to my cheeks on the finish line but gave me hope as a nation. Made me so proud to be a part of these champs.”
The Cross Country Championship took place in Potchefstroom. Hundreds of local athletes took part in the race day from across South Africa. The amazing images of the young men were taken by photographer Roger Sedres.
Allan plans to get the young men together again at their next event.
“My next goal is to re unite these 2 runners at an event.”
Allan wasn’t the only person that was moved by the display of unity and sportsmanship. Facebook users have been praising the athletes and sharing the love.
“Kindness Huminity and Humbleness is the key to unity among all nations.” – Fanele Nyiki
“What a wonderful example our children are setting for us! Thank you!” – Retha Van Niekerk
“Proudly South African….. This kind of action can heal the nation and the world” – Kefentse Thebe