Runner's Premature Celebration Costs Him Victory in 800-Meter Race

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2014

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There's plenty of time for celebrating after a race, so runners should be focused on crossing the finish line, especially when they are competing in a short event.

At the end of the 800-meter race at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on Sunday, Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi began to celebrate as he approached the finish line.

The only problem? Kenya's Robert Biwott was right behind him.

The final straightaway begins at around the 1:12 mark, so be on the lookout for the celebration.

Makhloufi's premature celebration allowed Biwott to pass him and steal the victory. In a race that lasts less than two minutes, Makhloufi decided to showboat and it cost him.

Also over the weekend, Spanish cyclist Eloy Teruel celebrated a full lap early at the Tour de California:

He would go on to finish 56th. More proof that it's never over till it's over.

As TNT's Chris Webber says, "Run through the tape!"

[Universal Sports Network, h/t Deadspin]