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Tanguy Pepiot clearly didn’t read The Tortoise and The Hare as a child.

Pepiot, a college athlete from the University of Oregon, was in the lead during a track meet this past weekend in his home state — and let it all slip away. Thinking he had the race in the bag, he decided that the crowd wasn’t rambunctious enough for his liking and slowed down (with just 100 metres to go) while attempting to pump up the 3,000 fans.

It all went downhill from there.

Creeping up behind him was University of Washington’s Meron Simon, who saw this cocky move as his opportunity to outrun Pepiot.

“I heard some noise,” Pepiot said to The Register Guardian. “I was very surprised. Then I checked the screen, and I was like, ‘Whoa, somebody’s coming!‘”

Not only was somebody coming, somebody was going to beat him as well.

With just five metres to go, Simon zipped past the shocked Pepiot to win the race.

We thought it was a known fact that one should never celebrate until they’ve actually, you know, won the race. There’s no doubt that Pepiot won’t forget this lesson anytime soon.