"While his determination and positive outlook keep him pushing every day, it is Zanardi’s boundless generosity that sets him apart. Just ask 17-year-old quadriplegic Eric Fontanari, who learned firsthand about Zanardi’s giving character in last weekend’s Venice marathon.
When Zanardi saw the young man at the start of the marathon, he decided to forgo his shot at winning the handcycle category and instead stay alongside Fontanari to give him encouragement. When the teen could no longer turn his pedals due to muscle spasms, Zanardi found a way to attach Fontanari’s bike to the back of his and then towed him the rest of the way.
Zanardi stopped centimetres before the finish and crawled from his bike so he could push Fontanari across the line so his name would appear ahead of Zanardi’s in the official results." Globe and Mail Nov1 2012
A video of the final few metres is available here: http://youtu.be/CDxoq0Ud5wc