If you’ve just run 10,000 metres, it’s understandable you’d want to take your foot off the gas. But at least wait until you’ve crossed the line or as Molly Huddle found out, it could have devastating consequences.
The American runner was competing in the 10,000m final at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing and looked to have secured the bronze medal.With Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka already over the line, Huddle had third place assured and was so delighted with the result that as she reached the line, she raised her arms in celebration.
Only she did it too early, and compatriot Emily Infeld was able to sneak in and take the third place medal.
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.
Huddle said the crowd noise was so loud on the final lap that she couldn’t tell who was near her at the end.’When the bell rang, I thought, “Anybody could take this,” ‘ she said. ‘It wasn’t me today.’
The race was still a step up in distance for Huddle, 30, who was 11th in the 5,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics and sixth at the 2013 World Championships. Last year she ran the second-fastest 10,000 time in the world, (30:47.59).
In June, Molly won the US Championships in the 10,000 meters, but alas this medal was not to be. Watch the whole fiasco here…