Runner celebrates too early, loses big race

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."

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