Watch: Sportsmanship on full display as runner carries exhausted rival over finish line at IAAF World Championships

The International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body of global athletics, or track and field, pushed back the start of its biennial world championships by several weeks after awarding the 2019 competition to Doha, Qatar.

It's incredibly hot in Qatar, so the hope was that by pushing the championships back that athletes would have somewhat cooler temperatures for competition. But on Friday night as men toed the line for the first heat of the 5,000 meter preliminaries, it was still 90 degrees.

With just a few hundred meters left, Aruban athlete Jonathan Busby slowed to a walk and was nearly doubled over, likely from cramping.

Fellow runner Braima Suncar Dabó, from the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, came up to Busby and grabbed his arm, and the two began shuffling together around the final turn. After several steps Dabó lifted Busby’s left arm and put it around his shoulder, holding him up.

The crowd inside the stadium roared as it watched the beautiful display of sportsmanship.

Dabó and Busby crossed the finish line and Busby collapsed to the track - but not before turning off the stopwatch on his wrist. Each man was the only athlete from his respective country competing at Worlds this year; the IAAF allows every country to enter one athlete in the meet regardless of whether they have met the qualifying standard in their event.

Busby was disqualified for receiving assistance, but he can say he crossed the finish line.

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DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 27: Jonathan Busby of Aruba lies on the track after being helped across the finish line in the Men's 5000 metres heats during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Jonathan Busby of Aruba collapses after being carried over the finish line by Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea Bissau during the men's 5,000 meters heats during the World Athletics Championships Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Aruba's Jonathan Busby lies on the ground after being assisted across the line by Guinea-Bissau's Braima Suncar Dabo in a men's 5000m heat at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Aruba's Jonathan Busby (L) collapses after crossing the finish line in the hands of Guinea-Bissau's Braima Suncar Dabo during the Men's 5000m heats at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 27: Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau stands with Jonathan Busby of Aruba as he is tended to by medical staff after crossing the finish line in the Men's 5000 metres heats during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 27: Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau helps Jonathan Busby of Aruba reach the finish line in the Men's 5000 metres heats during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Braima Suncar Dabó, of Guinea-Bissau, helps Jonathan Busby, of Aruba, left, across the finish line in the men's 5,000 meters heats at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Guinea-Bissau's Braima Suncar Dabo helps Aruba's Jonathan Busby to the finish line during the Men's 5000m heats at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on September 27, 2019. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Guinea-Bissau's Braima Suncar Dabo assists Aruba's Jonathan Busby across the line of a men's 5000m heat at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea Bissau carries Jonathan Busby of Aruba to the finish line during the men's 5,000 meters heats during the World Athletics Championships Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Guinea-Bissau's Braima Suncar Dabo helps Aruba's Jonathan Busby to the finish line during the Men's 5000m heats at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Aruba's Jonathan Busby leaves in a wheelchair after a men's 5000m heat at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Dabó, amazingly, ran a personal best time despite nearly carrying Busby over the final 150 meters or so.

“I just wanted to help the guy finish the race,” Dabó told media. “I wanted to help him cross the line. I think anyone in that situation would have done the same thing.”

The moment was reminiscent of the 1992 Olympics, when British 400 meter runner Derek Redmond suffered a hamstring injury while running and his father came out of the stands to help his son finish the race.

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