A pharmacist athlete is one of three Commonwealth Games competitors being lauded for good sportsmanship
After the 10,000m was run on Monday night, most of the competing athletes left the field as they finished competing, though their competitors were still running.
But not pharmacist Madeline Hills and her teammates Celia Sullohern and Eloise Wellings.
The three waited at the finish line to congratulate every athlete on finishing the race, and to cheer on Lesotho’s Lineo Chaka, who was two laps behind the rest of the competitors.
Fairfax Media reports that Ms Chaka finished five minutes behind the winner, Uganda’s Stella Chesang, and exchanged hugs with the three Australians.
Ms Sullohern said that she loved racing with Ms Hills and Ms Wellings, who were “just such classy athletes”.
“And I think that is the strength of Australian distance racing,” Sullohern said.
“We were all out there having a go. (It was) so lovely to stand there with those girls and show a bit of, I hope, Aussie sportsmanship.”
The Australian competitors may not have won medals, but viewers have taken to social media to congratulate them on their sportsmanship.
“Wouldn’t matter if we won or lost – but this is what we need to continue to strive to be!” wrote Olympian skier David Morris. “Thank you ladies!”
Ms Hills finished eighth in the race with a time of 32.01.04, while Ms Wellings came 16th with a time of 32.51.47.
Sportsmanship at its best 💚💛#TeamAUS 10,000m trio Celia Sullohern, Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings waited at the finish line to congratulate every athlete upon finishing the race.#GreaterTogether pic.twitter.com/89omgjBVJs
— Commonwealth Games Australia (@CommGamesAUS) April 9, 2018