A simple act of kindness can go a long way and often, come back to you in unexpected ways.
Olympic 110m hurdler, Hansle Parchment from Jamaica almost missed his semi-finals after the took a wrong bus and ended up at the rowing venue in Tokyo recently.
He was left stranded with little hope to getting to the stadium on time.
Taking to Instagram, he said he then asked a volunteer for help and to his surprise, she gave him money to catch a cab.
View this post on Instagram
“And that’s how I was able to get to the warm-up track at the stadium, with enough time to warm-up and compete – and that’s just awesome.”
Parchment later filmed himself going back to find the woman at the weekend to show her the medal he may not have won if she hadn’t have helped.
Surprising the volunteer, named Trijana, he tells her he’s there to “repay you – and show you something”.
“You were instrumental in me getting to the final that day,” the 31-year-old said, as he pulled out his gold medal and hands it to her.
“Really, you got this?!” she replied.
He also gives her a Jamaica shirt – and handed her some cash for the taxi fare.
Apart from getting a t-shirt and her money back, she has also been invited by the country’s tourism minister for a free trip to the island.