Photo Story: 14 moments of Sportsmanship at Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020

Sportsmanship Olympics

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” – The Olympic 

Here are 14 moments of Sportsmanship captured at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

  • Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim share Gold

    Gianmarco Tamberi (ITA) & Mutaz Essa Barshim (BAH) embrace after rejecting a jump-off to decide the Gold medalist in the Men’s High Jump. Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images
  • Kristie Mewis comforts Sam Kerr after Bronze Medal match

    Kristie Mewis (USA) comforts Samantha Kerr (AUS) following the Women’s Football Bronze medal match between USA and Australia which the former won 4-3. Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images
  • Lilli King, Annie Lazor and Kaylene Corbet celebrate Tatjana Schoenmaker’s World Record

    Silver medalist Lilli King (USA), Bronze medalist Annie Lazor (USA) and Kaylene Corbett (RSA) embrace Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) in congratulations after she broke the World Record in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke. Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images
  • Misugu Okamoto carried on the shoulders of competitors

    Misugu Okamoto (JPN) carried off by fellow competitors after she fell and missed out on a medal in Women’s Park Skateboarding. Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
  • Kirani James drapes Steven Gardner with his flag

    Men’s 800m Bronze medalist and former World Champion Kirani James (GRN) drapes Gold medalist Steven Gardner in the Bahamian flag. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images
  • Timothy Cheruiyot’s congratulatory gift to Jakob Ingebrigsten

    Men’s 1500m Silver Medalist Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) gifts Gold medalist Jakob Ingebrigsten (NOR) a bracelet following their race. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
  • Viktor Axelsen and Chen Long exchange shirts

    Viktor Axelson (DEN) and Chen Long (CHI) exchange shirts after the battle for the Men’s Singles Gold in Badminton. Axelson defeated defending champion Long 21/15, 21/12. Photo by Ni Minzhe/CHINASPORTS/VCG via Getty Images
  • Team Great Britain consoles Team India after Bronze medal match

    Lily Owsley (GBR) consoles Navneet Kaur and Vandana Katariya (IND) following the Women’s Hockey Bronze medal match between Great Britain and India, which the former won 4-3. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
  • Argentina and Australia applaud a legend

    Argentina’s and Australia’s players applaud to Luis Scola (not pictured) at the end of the Men’s Basketball quarter-final match between the two sides as the legend drew to a close his Olympic career. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images
  • Team USA congratulates ROC after emotional Team Final

    The ROC team is congratulated on their gold medal victory by Simone Biles and the United States team during the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team final. Team USA won Silver after Biles pulled out of the competition. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
  • Lotte Miller consoles Claire Michel

    Lotte Miller (NOR) tried to cheer up Claire Michel (BEL) after the latter finished last in the Women’s Triathlon. Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images
  • Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky embrace

    Ariarne Titmus (AUS) and Katie Ledecky (USA) played out one of the fiercest rivalries at Tokyo 2020. Here they are seen embracing after the Women’s 400m Freestyle which Titmus won. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
  • Cedric Dubler cheers Ash Moloney home

    Cedric Dubler (AUS) encouraged Ash Moloney (AUS) during the last event of the Decathlon, the 1500m, as the latter pushed for a medal. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images
  • Quanera Hayes and Carey McLeod help Stephanie McPherson off

    Quanera Hayes (USA) and Carey McLeod helped a distraught Stephanie McPherson off the track after the Women’s 400m Final. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images