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Olympian Praised for Sportsmanship to Lead Topsfield, Mass. Parade

Abbey D'Agostino to Participate in Grand Parade



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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Abbey D'Agostino of the United States (R) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after a collision during the Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

    The U.S. Olympian who earned worldwide praise when she helped up another runner after the two of them tumbled to the track during a race at the Rio Olympics has been named grand marshal of a parade in her Massachusetts hometown.

    Abbey D'Agostino has been selected to lead the Topsfield Fair's Grand Parade on Saturday.

    D'Agostino and New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin fell during a heat of the woman's 5,000-meter race. D'Agostino, with a torn knee ligament, helped Hamblin to her feet and they both finished.

    D'Agostino, who attended Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, was lauded for capturing the Olympic spirit.

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    Fair General Manager Jim O'Brien tells The Salem News that D'Agostino displayed sportsmanship and courage while in extreme pain.

    The agricultural fair traces its roots back nearly 200 years.

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