American runner loses bronze medal after celebrating too early

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American Distance Runner Celebrates Early, Loses Bronze Medal

An American distance runner lost a bronze medal all because she started celebrating a bit too early.

Molly Huddle took part in the 10,000 meter race at the World's Athletics Championship in Beijing on Monday. Just as she was about to come in third, the 30-year-old runner eased up on her pace in celebration. In the last moment she was passed by fellow American, Emily Infeld.

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"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," Molly told NBC Sports. "The Olympics are typically a hard race, not a tactical one, so this probably won't ever come around again."

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BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 24: Molly Huddle of the United States (C) competes in the Women's 10000 metres final during day three of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 24, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 25: (L-R) Emily Infeld (third), Shalane Flanagan (second) and Molly Huddle (first) pose together after winning in the Women's 10,000 meter run during day one of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on June 25, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
United States' Molly Huddle reacts after the women’s 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
United States' Shalane Flanagan, left, Emily Infeld, middle, and Molly Huddle look at the times following a women’s 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Infeld finished third in the race. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Molly Huddle wins the women's division of the Boston Marathon 5k in Boston, Saturday, April 18, 2015. The 119th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Julie Culley and Molly Huddle race to the finish line during the women's 5000 meter final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Molly Huddle, right, gets a hug from Shalane Flanagan after winning the women's 10,000 meters at the U.S. track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Flanagan finished second. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Huddle seemed to take the embarrassing lose hard, but it's a mistake she won't make again. The same can be said about Oregon runner Tanguy Pepiot, who tried to pep up the crowd back in April just as another runner blazed past him to win first place.

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United States' Molly Huddle reacts after the women’s 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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