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A London Marathon Runner Helped A Struggling Athlete Over The Finishing Line And Everyone Loved It

"You've just encompassed everything that's so special about the London Marathon. We salute you."

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On Sunday more than 40,000 people took part in the London Marathon, with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cheering the runners on.

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Among the runners was Matthew Rees, who has been praised online for helping a fellow athlete when he saw him struggling, just metres from the finishing line.

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Prince William and Prince Harry applauded as Rees stopped to help David Wyeth on the Mall, just outside Buckingham Palace.

👏 This is incredible! Swansea Harrier Matthew Rees helps a struggling runner cross the line at the #LondonMarathon

Wyeth was raising money for the Isabel Hospice in memory of his late uncle.

ALL THE ❤️❤️❤️ IN THE ACTUAL WORLD to the man who helped my superstar cousin David Wyeth #LondonMarathon… https://t.co/qTYawjtGpY

Rees, from Swansea, told the Press Association that he went to cheer on Wyeth, picked him up, and said, "Come on, we can do this."

The 29-year-old said that his calf had started to cramp early on, and seeing Wyeth brought back the feelings of the whole marathon to him."I saw him try to stand up again and his legs just went down again, and I thought, This is more important, getting him across the line is more important than shaving a few seconds off my time," he said."This is what the marathon is about – it's about people, it's for everyone. Moments like this make it worth it. I'm just glad he's OK."
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The 29-year-old said that his calf had started to cramp early on, and seeing Wyeth brought back the feelings of the whole marathon to him.

"I saw him try to stand up again and his legs just went down again, and I thought, This is more important, getting him across the line is more important than shaving a few seconds off my time," he said.

"This is what the marathon is about – it's about people, it's for everyone. Moments like this make it worth it. I'm just glad he's OK."

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People were moved by the selfless sporting gesture.

Matthew Rees, of @SwanHarrierDev, you've just encompassed everything that's so special about the #LondonMarathon. W… https://t.co/nQ43BfD9V8

It has been called "sportsmanship at its finest".

And Rees has been hailed as a "legend".

💪💪💪🏃🏃🏃

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Ikran is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ikran Dahir at ikran.dahir@buzzfeed.com.

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