There’s a long list of things you should remember to do as an athlete in the midst of a sporting event. You “don’t mess with a streak.” You
“don’t lose your cool.” You don’t forget that “it’s not over ’til it’s over” and start celebrating too soon.
Oregon Ducks track athlete Tanguy Pepiot is going to go down in some form of sports history as one of the guys who forgot that third item.
Pepiot no doubt wants to take back his “caught up in the moment” action at the end of this weekend’s Pepsi Team Invitational. As USA Today reports, Pepiot coasted the last 100 meters or so,” at which point he started smiling to cheers from the Eugene home crowd and
becoming all too caught up in ambiance.
So caught up even, that Washington Husky Meron Simon had the opportunity to overtake the lead by mere inches and win the 3000-meter steelchase.
Simon won by one-tenth of a second.
Shots of Pepiot perfectly depict an individual going from all-smiles in a long stride, to a runner collapsed on the track post-race in embarrassment.
Pepiot clearly slows his stride down and is waving his arm to hype up the crowd, and then get’s wide-eyed as Simon enters his perifrial view and jettisons past him over the finish line.
We don’t know whether to laugh in disbelief or offer the kid a consolidary ice cream cone.
Surely Pepiot has learned his lesson and is itching to move on. Let’s see how long it takes for the internet to let this one go.
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