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American Runner Loses to Brit in July 4 Race by Less Than One Second — but What Happens at Finish Line Might Make You Wince

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Overall was sprinting to the finish, quickly gaining ground ...

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American Ben Payne figured he'd finally left behind British competitor Scott Overall in Saturday's Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

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So as he neared the finish line of the 10K race, Payne raised an index finger, apparently confident of a victory.

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Except Payne couldn't see what was all too obvious to everybody else — Overall was sprinting to the finish, quickly gaining ground on Payne.

And the winner was too close to call right off the bat.

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But after the smoke cleared and officials completed an hourlong deliberation, they determined that the Brit — on the Fourth of July, no less — beat the American.

By 9/100ths of a second.

Payne — active in the Air Force and stationed in Colorado Springs — told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he didn’t consciously slow down at the tape. But Overall said he thought his counterpart was celebrating and may have eased up a tad.

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This story has been updated.

(H/T: The Huffington Post)

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