Runner Loses Race After Celebrating Too Early, Winner Wins With Pride (Video)
Meet Tanguy Pepiot, the runner from University of Oregon who lost the race after celebrating too early. Then, there’s Meron Simon from the University of Washington. He won the race with so much pride for not giving up until the end. The video below explains the whole story, but here are some highlights.
The event is a 3,000-meter steeplechase in the Pepsi Team Invitational at the Oregon’s Hayward Field last Saturday, April 4, 2015. As you can see, Tanguy Pepiot is at first enjoying a huge lead from Meron Simon. When Tanguy is about 100 meters away from the finish line, he hears the crowd screaming with excitement.
Feeling confident that he will win, Pepiot somehow slows down, looked at the crowd, and smiled at them. He raised his arm twice to acknowledge the cheers for his performance. The crowd screamed louder as Simon runs as fast as he could to catch Pepiot. Meron Simon wins the race by an inch.
Pepiot noticeably had a shock of his life and was later seen lying on the ground, with his hands covering his face. Simon helped him got up. The runner’s early celebration taught him a very good lesson not only in racing but also in life. And as the race commentator on the video said, “You just can’t do this kind of stuff.”
“I thought I was by myself, like, far in front of the second guy. I saw [Simon] on the screen, I tried to pick up; he just got me on the line. I’m not proud of myself right now, but it’s a good lesson for me, I think, not to do this in the future. Next time I’ll just run the whole final stretch and celebrate in the victory lap.” Pepiot said in an interview after the race.
“I thought he had me. I thought he was so far ahead. Then I heard the crowd get crazy. And then he started throwing his hands up, and I thought: ‘I don’t think he knows I’m coming.’ I think it was about five meters to go was kind I (caught) him, and he still had no idea.” race winner Meron Simon humbly said in a separate interview.
Records show that Meron Simon had a time of 8:57.86, while Tanguy Pepiot finished the race with the time of 8:57.96. In short, the Jamaican runner won over Pepiot by only 0.10 seconds. The sweet victory of Meron led him to receive tons of praises. For Tanguy, he has just proven the saying, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”