Jamaica’s gold medal-winning hurdler narrowly averted embarrassment thanks to a volunteer who gave the athlete cash for a taxi after he by chance traveled to an aquatics area as a substitute of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium
on the day of his race.
And now Parchment has gone viral after monitoring down the girl, repaying her for the cab, and exhibiting her the gold medal he received the next day.
“I noticed this volunteer and I needed to beg… and she or he really gave me some cash to take one of many taxis. And that is how I used to be capable of get to the warm-up monitor on the stadium and with sufficient time to heat as much as compete,” he mentioned in a video recorded during the Games
, which has attracted international consideration this week.
“You have been instrumental in me attending to the ultimate that day,” he instructed the volunteer after finding her.
Parchment completed second in his semifinal on August 4, behind the United States’ favourite Grant Holloway.
His second-place end meant he narrowly superior to the ultimate, the place he went one higher by claiming a shock gold medal — this time beating Holloway by one-twentieth of a second.
The volunteer’s small act of kindness was praised by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who shared the video on Twitter
and wrote: “Every Jamaican is aware of that gratitude is a should. @ParchmentHansle demonstrates that completely right here.”
And the nation’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has invited the girl to go to Jamaica, he instructed native newspaper The Gleaner
“It is selfless what she did; one wouldn’t know what the end result would have been” had Parchment arrived late, he instructed the paper.
Parchment’s win secured one among Jamaica’s 4 gold medals on the Tokyo Games.