American runner is told during live TV interview he was disqualified after thinking he won the silver medal

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American runner Paul Chelimo won the silver medal in the men's 5,000 meters on Saturday night, but for a little while he thought he had been disqualified and he was told the news in the worst way possible.

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Chelimo thought he was about to be interviewed on NBC as the silver medalist in the men's 5,000 meters. Instead he found out he had been disqualified. Fortunately, the decision would later be reversed, but not before a few tense moments on live TV.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States compete during the Men's 5000 meter on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 5000m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 5000m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain is hugged by Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (USA) of USA after winning the gold. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 5000m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain celebrates after winning the gold medal next to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (USA) of USA. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 5000m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (USA) of USA congratulates first placed Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Victory Ceremony - Men's 5000m Victory Ceremony - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Gold medalist Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain, silver medalist Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (USA) of USA and bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) of Ethiopia pose with their medals. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
USA's Paul Chelimo celebrates winning the bronze medal before he was disqualified in the Men's 5000m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016. / AFP / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning gold in front of Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States in the Men's 5000 meter on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning gold in front of Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States in the Men's 5000 meter on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning gold in front of Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo of the United States in the Men's 5000 meter on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Britain's Mo Farah (L) is congratulated by silver medallist USA's Paul Chelimo after he won the Men's 5000m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, Britain's Mohammed Farah, and USA's Paul Chelimo compete in the Men's 5000m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016. / AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Chelimo had just crossed the finish line moments earlier, second to race favorite Mo Farrah of Great Britain. It was seemingly a fantastic finish for the Kenyan-born American.

Instead NBC's Lewis Johnson started his interview by saying, "Paul, I am getting some information here that you have been disqualified in this final."

Needless to say, Chelimo's reaction was one of complete shock.

After several moments of silence, Chelimo finally said under his breath, "Disqualified? No, no, no."

Chelimo appears to have been disqualified over contact that occurred on the final lap. Johnson showed Chelimo the video who tried to explain the contact, noting that he felt other runners had blocked him towards the inside and weren't letting him move to an outer lane.

"I was trying to go to the outside to get in position,"Chelimo said. "They were blocking me in. They were pushing me into the rail. I was trying to save myself from all of the pushing."

Here is some of the contact on the back stretch with about 300 meters to go. Chelimo is in blue.

"I can't believe it," Chelimo continued. "I was running a fair race. I wasn't trying to pick someone. I was trying to go to the outside because the Cuban guy kept blocking me the whole time."

The U.S. coaches eventually appealed the decision and it was reversed, giving Chelimo the silver medal. However, it seems like this all could have been avoided if it had been handled better.

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