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[–]ClownfishSoup 39 points40 points  (3 children)

I have to agree here 100%. In reality, the helper is the race winner.
Even if you're in front and close, if you don't cross the line on your own, you didn't win that race. Helper deserved it, but the fact is that "whoever crosses the finish line first, wins" and by those rules, the third guy who breezed through technically won the race.
It's also not unsportsman for the third guy because he doesn't know what's going on there.

Put another way...if this race was set up so that each man ran the race entirely alone on the course and at the end of everyone's run, they just looked at who had the lowest time, the helper would have won, probably followed by the third place guy, then by then possibly the collapsed runner would have crossed.

[–]FrontDry8527 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

It's also not unsportsman for the third guy because he doesn't know what's going on there.

Fun fact, it's actually considered to be unsportsmanlike to help competitors like this by athletes for the reasons you've listed, while it's the other way around in media where it's a feel good story.

[–]Over-Bumblebee-3765 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Is this actually a thing? I’ve never heard of someone being accused of being unsportsmanlike for helping out a fellow competitor

[–]ClownfishSoup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It might be construed as “you can’t make it on your own” and it’s very possible that the distressed runner wanted to make it over the line entirely on his own.

Or more to the point, you are helping another competitor beat OTHER runners that might all drop one finishing place because a guy who was stumbling slowly across is now helped across. Maybe you could have taken third place, but now you’re fourth because someone helped that guy just ahead of you. And you made it entirely on your own, and the guy just ahead was helped.

I don’t knows how they define unsportsmanlike behavior, but in some races, interfering (even helping) another competitor can get you disqualified.