U.S. Runner Loses World Bronze When She Celebrates Too Early In 10,000 Meters
Molly Huddle would have been the first non-African born women's runner since 2007 to medal in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships, but she went all Leon Lett and now has to settle for fourth-place, which I believe is a ham & cheese Hot Pocket. (I would wear it around my neck at parties anyway).
The bad news: she started to celebrate just before the finish line, allowing another runner to lean in ahead of her.
The good news: That other runner was Emily Infeld, also of the U.S.
Huddle, a Notre Dame graduate and gold medalist in the 10,000m at the US Championships in June:
"It's going to take a long time to get over. I just didn't want to mess up on the last lap and I did. I don't know when that chance will come again.'
"I thought one of the Ethiopians was to my right, and I looked, and she wasn’t,' Huddle said to Universal Sports. "And I just … Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a bit. She got this once-in-a-lifetime moment. I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers, so it’s frustrating."
Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot won the gold in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds, and Ethiopia's Gelete Burka took silver in 31.41.77.
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