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Runner celebrates too early, loses big race

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Runner Celebrates Too Early, Loses Big Race


Some advice for competitive runners out there — even if you think you're in first place, don't slow down...and definitely don't celebrate before crossing the finish line.

Ben Payne says he thought he was a few good steps in front of U.K. Olympian Scott Overall during Saturday's Peachtree Road 10K Race in Atlanta.

Moments before crossing the finish line Payne slowed down and threw up his hand in celebration.

WXIA reports the men's race was so close that it took a photo finish to figure out who won the prestigious race — but it wasn't Payne.

Race officials declared Overall the winner with a time of 29:30 — Payne came in second by 9/100 of a second.

Overall told WXIA, "I noticed out of the corner of my eye he had his arm up celebrating just before we got to the line. And you know as an athlete who gets to that line first.

Payne told WCVB, "I mean, I thought I had a couple steps on him. He put a pretty hard surge and last minute obviously."

See photos from the race:

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Runner celebrates too early, loses big race
Scott Overall (3) hits the tape, right, to win the men’s open division while runner Ben Payne (5) comes in second place at the finish line of the AJC Peachtree Road Race on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Atlanta. The annual 10K race is a 4th of July tradition in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) 
Winner of the men's AJC Peachtree Road Race Scott Overall, right, breaks away from Ben Payne who finished second Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Atlanta. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) 
The main group, with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington characters at the front of the pack is off and running to start the AJC Peachtree Road Race on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
A man wears a costume as he participates with other runners in the AJC Peachtree Road Race Saturday morning July 4, 2015, in Atlanta. The annual 10K race is a 4th of July tradition in Atlanta. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) 
Participants dressed as Thomas Jefferson, from left, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington lead the way downPeachtree Street at the start of the AJC Peachtree Road Race on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Atlanta. The patriotic trio soon fell off the lead. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) 
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