This Olympic gold medalist nearly missed his race because he took a bus to the wrong location in Tokyo. A volunteer saved the day and paid for his taxi, so after winning the gold he tracked her down and thanked her on video
· · Aug 16, 2021 ·

Alright you guys, this story is pretty sweet:

This is Hansle Parchment of Jamaica. Last week in Tokyo, he won the gold medal in the 110m hurdles, but it might not have been possible without the help of an Olympic volunteer named Trijana, who helped him order a taxi when he took the wrong bus and ended up at an aquatics center instead of the track during the semifinal.

Yup, we all make mistakes, and Hansle was in a tough spot when he arrived at the aquatics center. Olympics officials told him he would need to take the bus back to the "village" and hop on another bus to make it over to the track. This would've left Hansle without a warmup.

Desperate, Hansle asked around for a ride and eventually came to this girl named Trijana, who gave him money and directed him to a taxi which would take him to the track.

After this act of kindness, Hansle made second place in the semifinal, which meant he moved on to the final.

And in surprise fashion, he beat the United States' favorite Grant Holloway to take the gold.

Here's what seems to be his dad watching from home:

So taking the gold was cool and all, but Hansle took it upon himself to track down our girl Trijana and give her the most delightful thank you I've seen in a while.


We should all be more like Hansle Parchment.

Also, check this out:

The woman's act of generosity looks to have been repaid in spectacular fashion, with Jamaican news site The Gleaner reporting the country's tourism minister has now offered her a free trip to the island.


This made my day. I hope it made yours, too.


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