A premature celebration of an apparent victory cost American runner Molly Huddle her medal at the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing on Tuesday.

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As she neared the finish line, long-distance runner Molly Huddle raised her arms in triumph.

In the final paces of her 10,000-meter race, however, fellow American Emily Infeld nabbed ahead, pushing Huddle to fourth place.

Huddle's premature celebration
Huddle’s premature celebration. Photo: Sina.

After staring at the results in disbelief, Huddle buried her face in her hands as the stars and stripes were draped over her compatriot’s shoulders.

While the medalists in the Bird’s Nest stadium celebrated, Huddle appeared to be fighting back the tears. “It’s going to take a long time to get over,” she told reporters.

Ryan Ho Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and scholar from Hong Kong who has reported on the city’s politics, protests, and policing for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Guardian, The Independent, and others