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Ecstasy to agony in embarrassing mistake

IT’S a lesson some people have to learn the hard way but the race is never over until it’s over.In a close women’s 5000m race at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter was neck and neck with Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan with a lap to go.But as they crossed the finish line for the bell lap, Salpeter slowed down, pulled across the lanes and started to prematurely celebrate a silver medal.The Kenyan-born runner had miscalculated as there was still a lap to go.She desperately rejoined the race but drifted to fourth an out of the medals despite recording an Israeli national record of 15:01.Salpeter, who had claimed the gold in the 10,000m race earlier in the program, was devastated with the result and fell to the ground once completing her final lap.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu still praised the star despite the brain fade.“Lonah Chemtai, you are a true star! You have brought great honour to our country,” he tweeted after the race.But the news got worse for Salpeter as she was disqualified for running inside the cone at the start of the race.

It was a day for mistakes on the final day of competition at the championships as Germany came unstuck in the men’s 4x100m heats.After looking to be a strong chance of qualifying for the final, the last changeover was a disaster for the Germans as Julian Reus accidentally kicked final runner Lucas Jakobczyk’s leg.Both men were treated on the track and Jakobczyk was seen with a large graze on his shoulder.

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