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Runner miscounts laps, celebrates, passed for medal at European Champs

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Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, left, reacts as she realizes that there is one more lap to go while Netherlands’ gold medalist Sifan Hassan, right, runs on to win the women’s 5.000 meter final race at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)


Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter appeared to miscount the number of laps in the European Track and Field Championships 5000m final, thinking she had won a silver medal.

Salpeter crossed the finish line at 4600 meters, just behind Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan, and slowed down, putting her hands to her face as the bell rung indicating one lap to go.

After a few seconds, she turned to see the race was still going on, veered back to the inside of the track and accelerated.

Salpeter was passed by Brit Eilish McClogan and Turkey’s Yasemin Can ending up in fourth place, albeit a national record in 15:01. That national record was erased later when Salpeter was disqualified for a lane infringement at the start of the race.

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