Lopez Lomong celebrates 5000m win a lap before winning race, still wins

Lopez Lomong is the U.S. champion at 1500m, but is trying out the 5000m. Since he's still getting used to the event, he had an embarrassing moment in the race at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.

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With two laps to go, Lomong accelerated and broke away from the pack of runners. He easily outpaced them, and with one lap to go, slowed down to celebrate. The crowd at Stanford and track officials waved frantically for Lomong to keep going. He took off, and still easily won the race with a time of 13:11.63, plus earned the Olympic A standard qualifying time.

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He was surprised by the mishap.

"When somebody said you got one more lap to go, I was like, huh?" Lomong told Race Results Weekly.

It happens, Lopez. Much better that this happens before the Olympics, right?

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