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I haven’t been get­ting much sleep of late - and it’s all the fault of the fab­u­lously en­ter­tain­ing Olympics!

Night af­ter night I’ve been set­tling in on the couch for hours of sport­ing ex­cel­lence - pre­dom­i­nantly the ath­let­ics - what an en­ter­tain­ing show­case of ex­cep­tional phys­i­cal abil­ity.

High­lights for me have been the con­test be­tween the dom­i­nant Ja­maicans and United States track teams, the su­per­star that is the leg­endary Usain Bolt, and Mo Farar’s medal haul in the 5000 and 10,000m blue rib­bon events.

But the real stand out for me - and I’m sure mil­lions of oth­ers world­wide - was the self­less ac­tions of New Zealand run­ner Nikki Ham­blin, who’s good sports­man­ship in com­ing to the aid of US ri­val Abbey D’Agostino in the heats of the 5000m, has drawn in­ter­na­tional ap­plause and has be­come one of Rio’s iconic mo­ments.

Nikki’s ac­tions il­lus­trated the true Olympic spirit - and made me so very proud to be a Kiwi.

Julie Kaio

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