Sunday 25 September 2016

Video: Premature celebration costs American runner a medal at World Championships

Published 25/08/2015 | 09:28

Molly Huddle of the U.S. reacts after finishing the women's 10,000 metres final during the15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing
Molly Huddle of the U.S. reacts after finishing the women's 10,000 metres final during the15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing

American long-distance runner Molly Huddle's premature celebrations cost her a medal at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing yesterday.

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In an exciting women’s 10K finish, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya took down Gelete Burka of Ethiopia for gold, but the race for third became the story of the evening where Emily Infeld snatched bronze ahead medal favourite Huddle

Huddle looked set to claim the third position and eased up early, celebrating a moment too early before Infield caught her at the line.

"Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a little bit," Huddle told NBC Sports. "She had this once-in-a-lifetime moment. I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers."

"The Olympics are typically a hard race, not a tactical one, so this probably won't ever come around again."

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