American runner loses bronze medal after celebrating too early

For The Win

An American distance runner lost a bronze medal after one of those all-too-common cringeworthy moments in track events: She celebrated too early.

Molly Huddle lost to fellow American Emily Infeld in the 10,000 meter race at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Monday — a moment she told Universal Sports (via NBC Sports) was “painful to watch.”

From NBC Sports:

“Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a little bit. 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.”

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Huddle joins a long list of runners who have celebrated their wins…

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