Oregon runner celebrates too early, beaten at finish line by Meron Simon

Oregon senior Tanguy Pepiot learned a hard lesson in the final few strides of a 3000m steeplechase Saturday. Pepiot had what he thought was an insurmountable lead with the finish in sight. So he began waving

Oregon senior Tanguy Pepiot learned a hard lesson in the final few strides of a 3000m steeplechase Saturday.

Pepiot had what he thought was an insurmountable lead with the finish in sight. So he began waving to pump up the home crowd at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Little did Pepiot know the fans meant to alarm him to Washington junior Meron Simon, who was unleashing a furious kick.

“I heard some noise,” Pepiot said, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. “I was very surprised. Then I checked the screen, and I was like, ‘Whoa, somebody’s coming!’”

Simon passed Pepiot to his right and beat him to the finish by one tenth of a second (video here).

“I thought he had me,” Simon said, according to the newspaper. “I thought he was just so far ahead. Then I heard the crowd get crazy, and he started throwing his hands up.

“I was like, ‘I don’t think he knows I’m coming.’ I just went to the line and just raced.”

The finish conjures memories from May, when a cyclist at the Tour of California and Olympic 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi prematurely celebrated and lost races on back-to-back days.

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Source: NBC

Watch video of those final few seconds that has gone viral since.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpRR8DTprkY

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10 COMMENTS
  • az April 15, 2015

    Someone didn’t read the tortoise and the hare as a kid

  • rezen April 15, 2015

    Amazing! Yes, there is always HOPE but one MUST do his/her part FIRST and FOREMOST. Meron would NEVER have won had he not given HIS VERY BEST. He has a ‘character’!

  • Simon G. April 15, 2015

    Pepiot,
    You snooze, you lose.

  • AHMED SALEH April 15, 2015

    Great athletic performance to watch . Congratulation Meron and
    thank you for the pride felt inside of us .

  • Weyo April 15, 2015

    what a finish! Poor Oregon, his mom read him “the Hare and Tortoise” story – zanta mantilen gobyen – hundred times and this kid forgot it.

    Meron Simon should be nicknamed – Washington’s Gobye.

  • Truly Truly i say to you April 16, 2015

    It is not to discredit, but what is such news for the country bleeding and its citizens daily hear perishing elsewhere? It seems this news is coming to distract from the main news about that hearing 400 as perished in Mediterranean see, so that a lot people not to aware about is that or what?.
    Sorry this news is for me, like the bible says,
    “Singing to a person who is depressed like taking off a person´s clothes on a cold day or like rubbing salt in a wound. (Proverbs 25, 20)SO it is for me, because it is not so actual.
    These last two weeks when we engaged in our private issue, a lot of burned issue was happening. For instance, the young PFDJ meeting in Frankfurt when we celebrating the Easter, but PFDJ were doing their destructive business without facing any challenge. Atleast monkey should to be challenged by protest demonstration.
    The second, at most surprised me, while others media reported about dictator Isayas´s son while attempted to flee from country as captured, but nothing heard from Assenna. At least why someone not writes article about, so that anybody to aware about? As for me i believe it is 03 agents news, however the news should to come for debate. Our wickedness has no limit, it is really very depressing! How can we dream to change the regime then?

    • Senait2 April 16, 2015

      Truly Truly relax, the clip is a proud moment for Meron particular and to Eritrea in general.
      Do you expect assenna to post everything about politics?. We see such depressing news everyday.

      To the person who wrote “Someone didn’t read the tortoise and the hare as a kid” You copied from the youtub comment. At least you should give credit to the commenter.

      • rezen April 16, 2015

        RE: Senait2’s remark: “At least you should give credit to the commenter.”

        It is only decent to do so. In other countries, it has high fluting word and in fact illegal to copy someone’s remark without recognition. We are far away from there, but it does not hurt to be aware of it as decent human beings.

  • Tesfit April 16, 2015

    When he found out he lost, it looks like was thinking “hey what are you doing?! You can’t do that!!” Funny.

  • Tesfit April 16, 2015

    Oh I forgot to mention. This video is not working but it is all over you tube. Search for ‘Oregon runner’

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