Olympic Hopeful Celebrates Win Prematurely

Lopez Lomong does the victory pose one lap early, yet still manages a win.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

One of life's more popular truths could basically be summed up as: crap happens.

Sometimes things don't always go exactly how you plan, as either outside influences, or a one's own lapse of intelligence can put a monkey wrench in whatever you are trying to accomplish in life. For Lopez Lomong, an Olympic hopeful in long distance running, it was a lapse of the mind that almost cost him a race recently.

Lomong, in preparation for the upcoming summer Olympics where he is making the transition from running the 1500m to the 5000m, was racing in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. With two laps to go, Lomong accelerated, breaking free of the pack, and coasted across the line, slowing up in apparent victory.

Only thing is, like I said, there were still two laps to go and Lomong was one short of an actual victory.

Luckily for him, however, the crowd at Stanford was more informed on the actual lap and was able to tell Lomong, through a mass of shouting, that he was still one lap shy of his goal. Looking slightly confused and shocked, Lomong took off and still easily won the event with the appropriate number of laps.

Lomong won the race with a time of 13:11.63, earning him the Olympic A standard qualifying time.

When Race Results Weekly caught up to him Lomong had the following to say about his humorous gaffe.

"When somebody said you got one more lap to go, I was like, huh?" Lomong said

The bright and amazing side of this story is that even though he practically stopped, he still managed a win that qualified him for the Olympics, a time that would have been even better if he didn't stop to smell the roses.

Hopefully, when the big moment is upon him this summer, he will count his laps a little better.

Photo Credit: Richard Clement/Icon SMI

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