The medal has only been given out 17 times in Olympic history!

American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin were set to race on the world's biggest stage and compete for their respective countries... little did they know that a gold, silver or even bronze medal wasn't in their future - but a different kind of medal, one that is given to a rare few, was.

D’Agostino and Hamblin were running in their 5,000 meter preliminary heat when they tripped over one another. What happened next was a beautiful display of sportsmanship.

Instead of selfishly getting up and trying to finish the race at hand, D’Agostino turned to help Hamblin to her feet. Then the two made sure they were both okay before continuing.

It turns out that D’Agostino tore her ACL in the crash, yet she still managed to finish the race. She was, however, encouraged across the finish line by Hamblin.

This incredible moment has now been recognized by the International Olympic Committee, which is awarding the pair the rare Pierre de Coubertin medal – also known as the International Fair Play Committee Award.

How exactly rare is this medal? Well, it’s only been awarded 17 times in Olympic history!

The award was presented to the athletes in a ceremony held at The Olympic Club.

A jury composed of representatives of CIFP, IOC, athletes and the media made the final decision on the award's recipients.

Congratulations, ladies! It's very well-deserved!

Chris Graythen