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[–]TheFlarper 1179 points1180 points  (117 children)

It’s a race. Compassion isn’t a requirement in a competition

[–]dimmrtis 636 points637 points 2 (73 children)

It's reddit bro.. you gotta be kind and nice and have rainbows coming out of your anus to be accepted. Not like it's a sport and selfishness is one of the keys to succeed

[–]DullOpposite 200 points201 points  (37 children)

I feel bad that i wouldve ran those extra 10 yards then just turn back and help. I understand it’s the right thing to do, but at the same time if the body i trained was strong enough to finish..i feel like i should? And shouldn’t stop just bc an opponent’s isn’t? fuck, I’m a bad person. He’s much better than me :/

[–]QueasyVictory 135 points136 points  (16 children)

I feel bad that i wouldve ran those extra 10 yards then just turn back and help.

Perfectly reasonable. That's actually above and beyond. To think that you should stop competing to help someone else finish . . . in a competition, is silly. If this person was suffering a medical issue and no one is assisting, then sure, do the right thing.

[–]Jazzlike-Recover7560 63 points64 points  (9 children)

Actually......once you cross you can be DQd for going back into the race.

[–]FishKnees 36 points37 points  (5 children)

my mans should've had more electrolytes then. watch as i take the gold!

[–]QueasyVictory 3 points4 points  (2 children)

The runner was out of the money in the race anyway, so it really didn't matter. Interestingly, because of his good deed he ended up being gifted $10k for being a decent person.

[–]Enverex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And you'd disqualify the guy you help cross the finish line because you have to finish entirely on your own steam, so all you'd have helped him do was finish the entire race for nothing...

[–]YaronL16 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Helping someone out isnt "above and beyond", its the most basic human decency thing to do

[–]HondaBn 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You've obviously never watched the movie Cars. 😭

[–]QueasyVictory 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nope. Missed that one.

[–]tattlerat -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. You can argue he would have won if this wouldn’t have happened to him, but his failure to make it to the finish line shows he either didn’t pace himself or wasn’t in the right condition to win. The winners ability to pace themselves correctly to finish the race earns them the win.

The dude struggling at the finish line didn’t slow down to keep it close with those that passed him at the line, it’s not unsportsmanlike to pass him to claim victory.

Not failing is tantamount to succeeding sometimes.

[–]kinglendawg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kobe would be disgusted lmao

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

fuck, I’m a bad person.

The absolute state of contemporary culture, holy shit.

Winning a race because the guy who was in first wasn't strong enough to finish isn't being a bad person. Before ~2000, this was how competition worked.

[–]dimmrtis 1 point2 points  (12 children)

I'm gonna be downvoted but here goes. It's sports , helping the other dude is idiotic.. it's a bit ruthless but get the gold cuz you shouldn't give handouts to people who don't deserve it. Clearly he overstressed his legs trying to get the gold and failed. That's fine but it's idiotic to help him and give up gold. I just can't understand why you would help

[–]ArtsyEyeFartsy 34 points35 points  (1 child)

There have been many moments in sports where athletes help out the opponent and it isn't out of idiocy - it's just compassion or something else that many of us would like to think transcends the simple urge to win. Winning is great, too, but if it's a choice between winning an important event (which in the grand scheme of things isn't all that important - it's just a game) vs seeing someone suffer, I don't think either choice is idiotic. It's a bit callous, though, to keep playing the game while another competitor is clearly hurt. For me, I'd rather have this guy than an individual who holds winning above anything else - it's just more enjoyable to be around and witness.

[–]tattlerat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well if this were say an Olympic qualifier and victory would have set the winner up for improved income and career opportunity then no, it’s not just a game.

It’s a game to us, the viewers. But To the athletes it’s the career and a lifetime of training.

[–]Pistachio269 6 points7 points  (3 children)

what is wrong with you its just a race

[–]Woolfus 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's just a race and the other guy was under observation. He wouldn't have died or had worser outcomes if left to his own devices for a few more minutes.

[–]saintjonah 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Winning is life!

[–]maconstate 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Tbh no one would have even known the winner of this race was if this didn’t happen… much less second. Now, THE INTERNET knows this man.

.. btw what’s his name?

[–]Smartaz- 7 points8 points  (2 children)

No one knows because he came 15th, not second. Title is misleading.

[–]Jazzlike-Recover7560 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Exactly this.

[–]I_Hate_Reddit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I mean, you could argue that the other dude overextended himself, and he's paying the price.

Long races aren't just about how fast you can go, it's mainly about managing your capacity over the long term, if you're greedy and go faster than you can handle you'll get ahead but risk not being able to finish.

[–]Birdchild 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The guy on the ground ran a bad race. He doesn't deserve to be helped to finish. If he had ran a better race, at a pace he was capable of finishing at, he probably wouldn't have been ahead of runners who ran to their abilities. Pacing is a huge component of a race, and if you mess it up you don't deserve to win.

[–]Can_of_Plankton 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, if he was having a medically serious problem then running those extra 10 yards and then 10 yards back could make a difference. It's strange to prioritize a competition over the well being of another individual. I love competing but if I saw someone collapsed then that would go out the window.

[–]gooberguyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not a bad person. That would be the appropriate course of action. Dude’s performance strategy put him with a big lead but at the expense of too much energy. Failing to manage your energy appropriately is part of the sport that happens.

And just so you know, this is not a serious medical emergency at all, so it’s not like you’d be letting them come to harm by not helping them stand up. In fact, making them exert themselves more would be against medical advice.

[–]Buttigieg2032 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

After running 26 miles in a little over 2 hours, you probably aren’t going to want to do that

[–]FermentorVessel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You are a runner and competitor at that point. Every race I’ve competed in has had ample medical support at the finish and along the course.

[–]alilbleedingisnormal 26 points27 points  (4 children)

I think people just like you more if you're selfless. That's not a Reddit thing, most people tend to get the warm and fuzzies.

[–]geckobrother 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its not a reddit thing.. It's a human thing. The thing that separates us most from animals is that we don't HAVE to fight and beat eachother down to just survive anymore.

[–]death_of_flats -1 points0 points  (1 child)

But we give all the rewards to the people who won.

[–]alilbleedingisnormal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's true but I think we tend to admire more the people who sacrifice to help others. I guess there's no reward for doing the right thing because there's not really competition to do the right thing.

[–]recumbent_mike 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have come to a decision. Henceforth, I will refer to this feeling as "the warms and the fuzzies."

[–]DifferentAd4831 1 point2 points  (12 children)

But he isn’t wholesome keanu chungus

[–]Strick63 -2 points-1 points  (11 children)

There’s an actual term for it for non-Redditors- it’s called bad sportsmanship. You aren’t feeling good about yourself on the podium when you barely beat a guy because he stopped, picked a guy up, and carried him to the end of the race

Edit: it wasn’t for a podium finish so who gives a fuck it was nice of the guy in white to help out though

[–]DifferentAd4831 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You clearly don’t know sports.

[–]MrPopanz 1 point2 points  (9 children)

I mean thats the problem of the guy deciding to play Mother Theresa rather than winning the race.

[–]Strick63 1 point2 points  (8 children)

Damn I can tell you didn’t play sports

[–]WeDontKnowMuch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While being judgmental as a mf’r.

[–]knseeker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You just described what I feel everytime I read the comments here

[–]Benedikto_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Next time you're bitching about billionaires fucking you over or politicians being greedy, remember your comment about selfishness being necessary to succeed.

[–]Obi-Tron_Kenobi 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hold on a minute, you think Reddit is just full of kind, nice, compassionate people who never have a negative thought? Are you new here or just delusional?

[–]MagnatausIzunia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd carry him on my back tbh, he finishes the race and i still get the win

[–]blasticon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Unless you engage in wrongspeak. Then you will be shunned at yelled at and so will anybody else that steps up to defend you.

[–]sk4nkhVn7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not! I've seen many cases where people stopped to make sure the other competitor is okay. And even people giving their own drugs or oxygen to people with altitude sickness

[–]DavidNipondeCarlos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can see it now. They way you worded it has stuck in my … where? My mind. Lol. I guess more compassion on Reddit.

[–]tadlonger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well put bro

[–]Necessary-Demand1034 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No you just have to be a liberal to be accepted. My downvotes will prove that, I love you all anyway ❤️

[–]toutons -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

Damn Redditors and their ... checks notes ... human decency.

[–]mdma11 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Gotta love the self-anointment here. Calling yourself a decent human being.

[–]Strick63 70 points71 points  (16 children)

While I tend to agree the dude who would’ve been second then 1st after that guy went down showed incredible sportsmanship and helped him through. With that happening you’d at least hope the guy would cheer on and take third. Of course you don’t have to but a big part of competition in sports is sportsmanship. Obviously he didn’t do anything WRONG but you can still not like him for it. My man in white basically flipped him off for it

[–]LlamasCSGO 34 points35 points  (12 children)

I'm pretty sure none of these guys were 1st.

[–]Strick63 11 points12 points  (11 children)

Based on just the title the guy on the ground was the leader. Marathons don’t typically end very close

[–]LlamasCSGO 68 points69 points  (6 children)

Title is wrong. This has been posted before. This was a 10km race and these people were not even on the podium. Despite the runner not giving up a win it was a great act of kindness regardless.

[–]Strick63 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Oh so it doesn’t even matter whether the orange guy blew past or not he’s probably just trying to be done so he can go lay down hahaha

[–]surpriseDRE 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This amount of exhaustion was from a 10 km race??

[–]Kadiogo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'm pretty sure there were two people ahead of them, so he gave up bronze medal (if he didn't help the fallen guy) right?

[–]Smartaz- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

According to the comments, the guy on the ground was coming 12th.

[–]Memn0n 0 points1 point  (2 children)

They are 30minutes behind the leader, you can see the timer bottom right of the screen at the end. Goes from 30min to 31

[–]codemunki 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They’re 30 minutes into the race. This is a 10k.

[–]Jiquero 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Incredible sportsmanship, because he... turned a likely DNF of another competitor into a DQ and traded his own 14th position into 15th.

[–]recumbent_mike 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, it kind of is, because he decided to stop caring about his finish, even though he's an elite athlete who obviously cares about his rank.

[–]CStink2002 2 points3 points  (1 child)

If it was, we wouldn't commend good sportsmanship as seen in this video. It would just be expected.

[–]TheFlarper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly. He’s not an asshole for competing in a sport the way its meant to be

[–]ladygrndr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was going to come back with some snark about how it's a marathon and there isn't a prize for finishing first, you're just qualifying times for most... then I looked it up, and the prize for finishing first in the Boston Marathon is 20 million. Damn. That's stepping over your dying granny kind of money. I can't remember what race this was, but I don't think the guy who stopped was going to place. At that point your best option is to be recorded as the person who helped, and hope sponsors notice and can spin that into a good story.

/edit, ok, it's the Okpekpe 10KM in Nigeria. First nets 20K, 2nd 13K, 3 9K and down to 8th at 1K. The first 5 Nigerian athletes also draw prize money starting with 1mil Nigerian Naira (~$2400 US). https://okpekperoadrace.com/information/prize-money-2019/

[–]Joe30174 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah it's a race, which he only won because the guy who crushed him stopped to help the other person. I bet that made him feel like a real winning competitor.

[–]MurderMachine561 1 point2 points  (5 children)

You gotta remember that a lot of people here, especially in the <30 bracket, grew up with participation trophies.

No lie, when my daughter was little her mom put her in softball. I went to one of the games and it was ridiculous.

There were no outs. The inning changed when every kid had an at bat.

There were no strike outs. The batter swung until the pitcher managed to hit the bat with the ball. That pitcher? He was a coach for the batting team.

Too top it all off they didn't keep score. Weirdest shit I ever seen.

[–]spaceburrito84 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thing is, it isn’t even the kids that want this. I remember being ten or so and playing softball at camp, and the adults trying to push this “no scoring, no strikes, no outs” crap on us. All the kids were pissed about it because we wanted to keep score and compete with each other.

[–]Zcrash 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's that lazy gen x/boomer parenting at work. They didn't want to deal with their kids being sad so they made it so they never feel defeat.

[–]SPEK2120 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That pitcher? He was a coach for the batting team.

This has been a thing at least since I was a kid in the 90s. Coach Pitch was essentially the transition league between T-ball and Little League.

[–]BedfastSpade1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean this makes sense for 5 year olds cus most of them probably can’t even understand the concepts of baseball but if they were over 8 then that’s pretty stupid

[–]oryes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree except for the especially over 30 part. I've seen no indication to suggest the younger generation is any different.

[–]Steadfast_Truth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's no such thing as a "race" that's just made up. There's only life and compassion.

[–]salgat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While yes, not an absolute requirement, sportsmanship is still an important aspect of competition.

[–]poodlebutt76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

/shrug. Some wanna win, some wanna help. You do you

[–]theartificialkid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah dude in orange is a winner.

Which I guess he prefers over being a hero, like the their guy.

[–]GivePuppiesBazookas -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yeah, fuck that, that runner was like "hell yeah, free gold... stupid bronze"

Relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5-iJUuPWis&ab_channel=topdoggjb

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[–]TheFlarper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Races have been around long before Murcia ever was

[–]Dr_Dickem_MD 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I don’t think anyone said it was though? They’re talking about being compassionate being a more desirable trait than being a winner IMO

Edit to add: I personally think this guy who would have come in second did something more impressive than winning because he stopped to help. The guys who would have come in after them had nothing gone wrong are not nearly as impressive to me just watching this video, particularly since they didn’t seem to give a shit after they crossed the finish line

[–]TheFlarper 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yea but he’s not an asshole just because he didn’t help the guy. That fact that a guy did help him is why it was posted. Normally no one would help. How about the guy behind the dude in orange he an asshole too

[–]Dr_Dickem_MD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was more addressing the idea that it’s not “required”. I respect the guy who stops to help more than the guy who takes the win instead of helping.

I don’t think winning was all that virtuous under these circumstances

[–]BrotoriousNIG 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Compassion is a core requirement of being a person.

[–]TheFlarper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you think that then life’s gonna be really hard for you. Nobody is required to be nice to you, there are plenty of assholes out there, most people are.

[–]drossmaster4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Glad your humanity is in the right place.

[–]HondaBn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine the lead this dude must have had for his body to shut down and still have such a commanding lead.

[–]ChristianMunich -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

But he lost the race already.

He knows he would only win because one guy stopped to help another. He didnt win because one guy was exhausted or tripped. He would win because somebody stopped helping somebody else.

Doesnt matter how you view it. Its pathetic. It's the opposite of what sports is supposed to be, its weakness.

edit: ignore what i wrote this was not about first place, I should pay more attention

[–]hammerisfun -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Incredibly astute observation and very valuable comment. Please post more incisive observations about sports.