Kenyan-born Israeli athlete Lonah Chemtai Salpeter suffered 5000m final heartache at the European Championships after an extraordinary miscalculation saw her implode before the final lap.

Having won the 10,000m gold in Berlin on Wednesday, Salpeter was sitting pretty heading for the final lap today. 

She was second behind Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands as the bell went but Salpeter - believing she had completed the race - tailed off in celebration after the pair crossed the line.

Realising there was one more lap to run, the 29-year-old rejoined the race but all momentum was lost.

Britain's Eilish McColgan overtook Salpeter and kicked on to finish second behind Hassan, with Turkey's Yasemin Can third.

Salpeter was fourth in 15:01.00, which was still a national record for Israel, but she was devastated afterwards, lying on the track in tears.

The Israeli athlete was subsequently disqualified after footage showed that she briefly ran inside the cone at the start of the race.