One of the most highly anticipated track events in the world was also the most devastating for Molly Huddle, who just competed in the 2015 Beijing World Championships.
On Monday, the American thought she had the bronze medal for the 10,000-meter race on lock, so she started celebrating…until her teammate Emily Infield passed her up at the last second and snagged the bronze, making her the first non-African-born runner to place in the event since 2007.
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“In that last half step, I just let up too much,” Molly told Universal Sports. “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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Although Emily won, she wasn’t totally overjoyed about how it all went down.
“I just ran through the line,” she told Universal Sports. “I feel a little guilty because I feel like Molly let up a little. I don’t think she realized how close I was. I was just trying to run through the line. I’m really thrilled.”
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Let Molly’s heartbreak serve as a reminder to runners everywhere that a race isn’t over until it’s actually over.