Sport and Heroes

This post is in response to the ‘100 Word Challenge’ here, where you will find links to many more responses. The brief was to write a piece of 105 words in length, including the phrase shown in bold.

I’ve been thinking lately about the trend to acclaim victorious sports personae as ‘heroes’. The true story came to mind of the American girl runner who, last year, competed in two races on the same day; the first, she won. But then, so soon after the first challenge, the second race proved severe, and she gradually fell back into last place. Then, close to the finish, she stopped for her last remaining opponent who had collapsed. Lifting her and taking her arm she helped her to the finish. As the line was crossed, she pushed her opponent ahead.

For which race was she the hero?

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