We gave seen it before, celebrating ‘too early’ in sports, can cost you. Molly Huddle learned that lesson during the 10,000 meters final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Molly, thinking she had the bronze medal won, raised her hands in celebration before crossing the finish line. By raising her hands too early in celebration, it slowed her down, slow enough for her teammate Emily Infeld to pass her and win the third place bronze medal.

Molly admits that in last half step of the race, she let up too much, while Emily continued to race all out past the finish line. Huddle, the American 10,000-meter champion thought she had the bronze medal sewn up, but by celebrating too early, she came in 4th.


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