first runner up winner in the perfect breast contest erica campbell Think of it as 'the first runner-up to pass the finish line' = 2nd place 'the 2nd runner-up to pass the finish line' = 3rd place and so on champion, runner-up, and ? | WordReference champion, runner-up, and ? First runner-up Second runner-up it would be bronze medal winner. AWordLover, Apr 29, 2007 #5. Viele übersetzte Beispielsätze mit "first runner up" – Deutsch-Englisch Wörterbuch und Suchmaschine für Millionen von Deutsch-Übersetzungen. In a contest, the winner after the champion, is the runner-up. What about the winner in third position, is he or she the 2nd runner-up? Thanks in advance.