US gold medalist David Verburg sprints into traffic to rescue a tortoise at a busy intersection
| Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline
11/1/2018 2:04 PM EST
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This is the heart-warming moment an Olympic gold-medalist sprints into a busy intersection to save a tortoise's life.
David Verburg won 4 x 400m Olypmpic gold at the 2016 event in Rio de Janeiro and put his running skills to the test as he bolted into the traffic in Clermont, Florida to help the animal.
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He has been hailed as a hero online, where he shared the footage of the rescue.
He said: 'I had to swerve to miss the tortoise myself. I said ‘damn it’s going to get crushed’. I went up about 30 meters and hit a U-Turn and parked my car in the turning lane.
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'As soon as I started running I slightly regretted it lol it was a big intersection and my shoes weren’t tied lol (I can show you the shoes) but I am really happy I was able...
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