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Olympian tracks down the nice Samaritan who helped him win gold in Tokyo

An Olympic gold medalist tracked down and thanked a volunteer in Tokyo 2020 who gave him taxi rides to get to the right place for his race when he was late.

Jamaican hurdler Hansle Perchment explained in a video on Instagram what happened over the weekend after winning gold in the men’s 110-meter hurdle final on Thursday.

Parchment said he took the wrong bus to the semifinals last week. He had heard music and only realized too late that he had ended up in a water sports hall instead of the Olympic Stadium, he said.

“They told me to come back to the village and then take another bus back to the stadium. If I had, I wouldn’t have been there in time to warm up, ”he said.

“I tried to get one of the brand name cars for the games, but these people are very strict and follow the rules and I would have to book the car in advance to be able to drive it.”

Then he spotted a volunteer and asked her for help. She did.

“She actually gave me some money to take one of the taxis that were associated with all of the games so I was able to drive to the stadium warm-up track with enough time to warm up,” he said.

In the video, Parchment took a bus to find the woman named Trijana. He paid her back, showed her his gold medal and gave her a Team Jamaica shirt.

“You played a key role in my reaching the final that day,” he said. Trijana later posted a picture of herself in her new kit:

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism has invited Trijana to the country to thank her for the kindness she has shown her Olympian, according to The Sunday Gleaner, a Jamaican news agency.

“It is selfless what she did; you don’t know what the result would have been, ”said Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett to the Gleaner.

Parchment won bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, but missed the Rio Olympics in 2016 due to injury.

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