August 24, 2015 11:40 PM

Molly Huddle let the bronze medal slip through her fingers at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing on Monday.

The American distance runner celebrated her victory a moment too early and fellow American Emily Infeld crossed the finish line ahead of her, taking the medal, USA Today reports.

“Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a little bit,” Huddle told NBC Sports. “She had this once-in-a-lifetime moment. I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers.”

“The Olympics are typically a hard race, not a tactical one, so this probably won’t ever come around again.”

In a video above, Huddle, 30, is seen easing up and throwing up her hands in celebration, just as Infeld crosses the finish line inches in front her team mate.

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