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Olympic Decathlete 'Sacrificed Himself' To Help Aussie Teammate Clinch Bronze Medal

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Olympic Decathlete 'Sacrificed Himself' To Help Aussie Teammate Clinch Bronze Medal

Ash Moloney has become Australia's first ever Olympic medallist in arguably the toughest event of them all: the decathlon.

The whole of Australia was screaming at the television and cheering 21-year-old Moloney on as he powered into a podium finish during the final 1500m event.

But it seems no one was supporting him more than his own teammate Cedric Dubler - an athlete who was competing in exactly the same race.

Knowing that he was out of medal contention by the time the 1500m event rolled around, Dubler decided to solely dedicate his race to helping out his good friend.

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Throughout the entire 1500m, Dubler could be seen yelling from the bottom of his lungs in Moloney's direction in a bid to give him some extra motivation.

Even as Moloney passed him, Dubler didn't stop with the encouragement to ensure his teammate kept pace with the rest of the leading pack.

When Moloney finally crossed the finish line and collapsed in a heap, guess who was there to celebrate with him - his fellow compatriot.

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Overall, the heartwarming act made for truly remarkable scenes and one that will live fondly in the memories of Olympic viewers for a long, long time.

Moloney himself was quick to acknowledge that he wouldn't have had the physical or mental capacity to keep going if it wasn't for his green and gold teammate.

"He was screaming. I can't repeat what he said. I could hear his voice bouncing in my cranium like a bat out of hell," Moloney said.

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"I started hitting a wall at 800m and I was a bit concerned but I was like, 'Just stick to Cedric. Don't let him get too far away'. He screamed... like a nutter."

Dubler, who ended up finishing the tricky event without a medal, was buzzing for his fellow competitor after the race.

"He had me worried for a little bit then I just started screaming at him and we got him there," Dubler told Channel 7.

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The moment of true sportsmanship and display of Aussie mateship has received widespread praise from fans around the globe.

But the comments which perhaps summed up the occasion best came from Channel 7's very own Tamsyn Manou.

"He has been fabulous, hasn't he?" Manou said in the commentary box. "He sacrificed his own event here just to help his teammate."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Australia

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