An Olympic gold medalist tracked down and thanked a Tokyo 2020 volunteer who helped him make his race by giving him cab money after he got a bus to the wrong venue.
In a video posted to Instagram, Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment said he had got on the wrong bus to the semifinals because he had been listening to music and didn’t realise he’d ended up at an aquatics venue instead of the Olympic Stadium, as you do.
“I was trying to get one of the branded cars for the Games to take me, but these people are very strict and adhering to the rules, and I would have to book the car from beforehand to get it to leave.”
Then he spotted a volunteer and begged her to help.
“She actually gave me some money to take one of the taxis affiliated with the whole Games, and so I was able to get to the warm-up track at the stadium with enough time to warm up to compete,” he said.
In the video, Parchment took a bus to find the woman, named Trijana. He repaid her, showed her his gold medal and gave her a Team Jamaica shirt.
“You were instrumental in me getting to the finals that day,” he said