And now Parchment has gone viral after tracking down the woman, repaying her for the cab, and showing her the gold medal he won the following day.
“You were instrumental in me getting to the final that day,” he told the volunteer after locating her.
Parchment finished second in his semifinal on August 4, behind the United States’ favorite Grant Holloway.
His second-place finish meant he narrowly advanced to the final, where he went one better by claiming a surprise gold medal — this time beating Holloway by one-twentieth of a second.
“It is selfless what she did; one would not know what the outcome would have been” had Parchment arrived late, he told the paper.
Parchment’s win secured one of Jamaica’s four gold medals at the Tokyo Games.