It’s was one of the more bizarre brain fades at this year’s World Championships in London.
Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech was comfortably in the lead of the 3,000m Steeplechase, when she missed the water jump and had to double back.
The rest of the field were perplexed by the Kenyan’s mistake, whilst Chepkoech looked distraught.
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There was no coming back from that and she knew it.
What made Chepkoech’s mistake all the more awkward for the runner was that she came in fourth place at the Rio Olympics last year.
In truth it was a brave performance from the Kenyan runner, who once again, ended up finishing fourth.
Chepkoech, realising her mistake, ran back to the field and did the water jump, but found it hard to get back to the field, eventually tripping over taking a few athletes with her.
The Kenyan still managed to finish fourth, though.
Fellow Steeplechase runner Genevieve LaCaze gave an interview to stuff.co.nz, in which she said that the pressures of the event can cause mistakes.
"It happens too often. It happens more and more in championship races because everyone's on edge."
Speaking about surprise gold medal winner American Emma Coburn, the Australian athlete said:
"It's the best thing. If I can't have the gold medal it's lovely to see girls I raced in college get it because I do believe I can be that good.
“I've raced those girls for so many years and I've watched them progress.
You can watch the moment of madness below.
“The girl that came second, Courtney, I beat her in the Olympic final last year and layer upon layer she's become a better athlete."
The 26-year-old American made history during the Steeplechase.
It was America’s first ever gold medal in the event and earned her a new American record for the Steeplechase of 9:02.58. 24-year-old Teammate Courtney Frerichs came in second with a time of 9:03.77.
The pair’s performance broke the traditional East African dominance of the steeplechase.
Following her surprise victory, Coburn told Runners World: “I’m speechless
“I don’t think anyone thought we’d have two medals tonight.
“I thought on a perfect day I could sneak in for a medal, but Joe [Bosshard, Coburn’s coach] kept reminding me anything is possible.
“The plan was to just risk it and if it meant I blew up, I’d rather do that than not try at all,
“I felt strong and seeing Courtney right there gave me motivation that if she’s doing this, I can do it too.”
It was certainly an incredible race to watch!
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