April 14th, 2015 14:55 EST
Premature Celebration Costs Runner Victory: Video
"A University of Oregon runner discovered the dangers of hubris when his premature celebration allowed a rival sprinter to pass him just before the finish line.
Tanguy Pepiot said he thought the race was pretty much over during the steeplechase at The Pepsi Team Invitational during the weekend in Eugene, Ore., so he waved for the crowd to cheer louder.
However, the crowd`s roars turned out to be warning rather than celebration, as Pepiot`s celebratory waves slowed him down enough for the University of Washington`s Meron Simon to take the lead just before the finish line and win the race by a 10th of a second."
File this one under "Don`t count your chickens before they`re hatched", "Pride cometh before the fall" or "God hates a-holes."
For an athlete to celebrate prematurely demonstrates that he has disdain for his fellow competitors, and no control over his emotions, and that`s a recipe for failure.
This student-athlete still has time to keep his ego in check, let`s hope that this epic fail will force him to take a hard look at himself in the mirror.