Whoops! Israeli runner celebrates way too early at the European Championships

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter stops running too early

Always run hard through the finish line. Always.

That should be a known rule for pretty much all runners, but at times mistakes happen that cost somebody a spot on the podium—or worse, the outright win.

Whether it’s premature celebration as a competitor comes up from behind or a mental snafu that gives another runner your spot at glory, it's happened to plenty in the course of their careers. Unfortunately, Kenyan-born Lonah Chemtai Salpeter knows this feeling all too well, after she pulled up 400m too soon in the European Athletics Championships on Sunday night in Berlin.

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter stops running too early

Chemtai Salpeter, who is representing Israel at the 2018 European Championships, won the gold in the 10,000 meters earlier in the games. But a slip of the mind during the women’s 5,000 meters cost her a chance at double the gold.

During the 12.5-lap race, Salpeter misjudged what she thought was the homestretch and stopped running with 400 meters to go, believing she had won silver.

Watch what happened here: 

It really wasn't Chemtai Salpeter's night, who was later disqualified for leaving her lane, despite managing to finish the race in forth place. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands held on to win the gold medal.

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A version of this article appeared on Runnersworld.com