American Runner Celebrates Win A Little Too Early, Loses Bronze

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“It's going to take a long time to get over,” Molly Huddle says after her devastating gaffe at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing.

An American runner lost a bronze medal after celebrating before crossing the finish line while competing in the 10,000m final at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing, China.

Molly Huddle thought she had secured third place since Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya and Ethiopia's Gelete Burka had already crossed the line before her.

Delighted with her chances of grabbing bronze, Huddle raised her arms in jubilation. Only she did it a little too early.

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The cringe-worthy gaffe allowed her teammate Emily Infeld to sneak in and take the third place medal.

"Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a bit, she got this once-in-a-lifetime moment," Huddle said in an interview on Universal Sports after the race. "I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers, so it's frustrating.

"In that last half step, I just let up too much. Emily was right there the whole time with just more momentum. She got that bronze. It's going to take a long time to get over.”

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