Olympian who nearly missed his race tracks down the volunteer who gave him money for a cab

Jamaica’s gold medal-winning hurdler narrowly prevented embarrassment because of a volunteer who gave the athlete cash for a taxi after he by accident traveled to an aquatics enviornment as an alternative of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on the day of his race.

And now Parchment has gone viral after monitoring down the lady, repaying her for the cab, and exhibiting her the gold medal he received the next day.

“I saw this volunteer and I had to beg… and she actually gave me some money to take one of the taxis. And that’s how I was able to get to the warm-up track at the stadium and with enough time to warm up to compete,” he mentioned in a video recorded during the Games, which has attracted international consideration this week.

“You were instrumental in me getting to the final that day,” he advised 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 knows that gratitude is a must. @ParchmentHansle demonstrates that perfectly here.”
Parchment wins gold during the final on August 5.
And the nation’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has invited the lady to go to Jamaica, he advised native newspaper The Gleaner.

“It is selfless what she did; one would not know what the outcome would have been” had Parchment arrived late, he advised the paper.

Parchment’s win secured one in every of Jamaica’s 4 gold medals on the Tokyo Games.

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