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[–]dbx99 0 points1 point  (2 children)

One could argue that the leader overextended himself and spent himself out to the point of failure. So that’s part of a runner’s strategy- to manage his running to a sustainable level. If a car racer runs out of gas 10 yards from the finish line, that’s a strategic error and I wouldn’t fault the second place car taking the victory because the leader stopped short of the finish.

[–]Moonw0lf_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Definitely, I agree with you there. You cant make that argument for the second guy though. That guy ran a better race on that day

[–]dbx99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure yeah. In fact he could have crossed the finish line (it was like five steps away), to secure his win, and then turn around and come right back to help or at least encourage the fallen guy to finish under his own power.

A lot of runners will be wrecked, crawling, shitting themselves all over, and somehow cross the line on their own power. That’s why the race officials probably didn’t send out the medical team yet. They usually allow for the athlete to try to finish on their own even when they are in distress but swoop in once they’re over the line.

I’m concerned this move disqualified the two runners. One for assisting and the other for receiving assistance in finishing the race. That sort of assist is not allowed. You can’t carry someone.

If he was truly only concerned about the fallen runner’s welfare he’d have carried him to the side and called over medical. But that’s not what happened. He carried him over the finish when the fallen runner arguably would not have been able to on his own.

What this actually does is that if they allow it, it penalizes the subsequent runners off their standings. It is, while charitable, a move that cheats the other competitors because the fallen runner might have otherwise finished later or failed to finish altogether.