Jamaican Gold Medalist Hansle Parchment Returned To Thank Volunteer : NPR

Gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica holds up his medal on the podium through the medal ceremony for the men’s 110-meter hurdles on Aug. 5. Michael Steele/Getty Photographs conceal caption toggle caption Michael Steele/Getty Photos Gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica holds up his medal on the podium throughout the […]

Gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica holds up his medal on the podium through the medal ceremony for the men’s 110-meter hurdles on Aug. 5.

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Gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica holds up his medal on the podium throughout the medal ceremony for the men’s 110-meter hurdles on Aug. 5.

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If not for the kindness of a stranger, Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment may possibly not be a Tokyo Olympic gold medalist nowadays.

The 31-12 months-outdated athlete took the erroneous bus on the working day of his semifinal race. Distracted though listening to songs, he didn’t recognize what was taking place till it was far too late.

“By the time I looked up, I recognized, ‘No, this bus is going the wrong way.’ I’m not acquainted with these surroundings,” he reported in a video clip posted on his Instagram.

Missing in Tokyo and speedily functioning out of time to seize another bus to the suitable venue, the hurdler stated in the video clip how he achieved a stranger who paid his taxi fare to get him to his race.

Since of her, he built it with plenty of time to warm up — and then compete in the men’s 110-meter race that gained him gold and his greatest time of the time.

Parchment was determined to share the victory with the particular person who helped make it materialize.

In the movie, Parchment boards the bus that delivered him to the completely wrong area — this time intentionally — and rides again to uncover the stranger, a Video games volunteer named Trijana Stojkovic.

He strategies her, pulls out his medal and many thanks her for her kindness that day.

“You ended up instrumental in me obtaining to the last that day,” he tells her, handing her the medal for her to see.

“Definitely? Definitely? You acquired this?” she says.

Parchment also displays his gratitude by providing Stojkovic a Jamaican Olympic polo shirt and repaying the dollars she experienced specified him. And the thanks didn’t stop there: Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism despatched an official invitation to stop by the island.

Stojkovic later on posted a picture of herself putting on the shirt on her Instagram. “I am entire of gratitude to everybody,” she wrote. “This is a gift from dear Hansle. Perfect in good shape!”

Josie Fischels is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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