This is how you deal with defeat at the Olympic Games.
But instead of sulking about her loss, Kirwa was extremely gracious in defeat, and joined hands with her rival to help her celebrate her achievement.
Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez captured the touching moment between the two athletes on camera, and the heartwarming image is now going viral.
The duo are, however, longtime friends. The 32-year-old, Kenyan-born Kirwa ― who switched to race for Bahrain in 2013 ― actually still lives near her 31-year-old competitor in the western Kenya town of Kapsabet.
Sumgong took the gold in a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 4 seconds, after being forced to dodge a protestor earlier in the road race.
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