Video: Premature celebration costs American runner a medal at World Championships
American long-distance runner Molly Huddle's premature celebrations cost her a medal at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing yesterday.
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."
Women's 10,000m Final: Premature celebration costs Molly Huddle bronze at IAAF World Championships. LOLthhhh https://t.co/5iJAULmMOq— Mekdi_G :) (@Mekdi_G) August 25, 2015
"The Olympics are typically a hard race, not a tactical one, so this probably won't ever come around again."