University of Oregon runner Tanguy Pepiot thought he was celebrating the thrill of victory, but instead tasted the agony of defeat at the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Oregon, on April 11.
During the last 100 meters of the men’s steeplechase race, Pepiot waved to the crowd to rile them up for his win, USA Today noted (video below).
Meron Simon, from the University of Washington, took advantage of Pepiot's over-confidence and sprinted past him to win the race.
"I thought he had me," Simon told The Oregonian. "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 5 meters to go [when I caught] him, and he still had no idea."
"I just wanted to celebrate winning in front of our crowd," Pepiot said. "I was excited about it. But the race wasn't over ... It wasn't very smart. But it was a learning experience."