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15:23, 18 October 2018

Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell


Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell

A New York high college cross-country athlete is being praised for stopping to support a vision-impaired runner who fell as they neared the finish line.

Syracuse.com&#xA0reports&#xA0that Cazenovia High College sophomore Jake Tobin only had about 320 yards (290 meters) to go in the boys junior varsity race throughout Saturday’s race when Fairport High College senior Luke Fortner passed him.

Fortner is legally blind. He slipped and fell on a hill. Tobin stopped, place his arms around Fortner and lifted him up as Jerry Thompson, the aide who accompanied Fortner throughout the race, also offered support.

Fortner and Thompson crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of Tobin.

Pictures taken by a spectator show Tobin and the aide helping Fortner up the hill.

Fortner’s coach described Tobin’s actions &quotan awesome show of sportsmanship and kindness.&quot

Published at Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:ten:ten +0000


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