Mo Farah Ends British Drought in Great North Run

Mo Farah, who missed the Commonwealth Games but won dual gold at the European championships, became the fist British international to win the Great North run since Steve Kenyon in 1985.

updated: September 07, 2014 20:48 IST
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Mo Farah celebrates after winning the men's Great North run.


British track great Mo Farah became the first home runner to win the men's Great North Run race since Steve Kenyon in 1985 as he won a thrilling duel with Kenyan and former training partner Mike Kigen in Newcastle on Sunday.

The 31-year-old 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic champion -- second to Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele in the race last year -- had been content to play second fiddle to Kigen throughout most of the race as they set a pace which proved too much for Ethiopia's Olympic and world marathon champion Steven Kiprotich and his compatriot Tariku Bekele.

However, Farah, who missed the Commonwealth Games earlier this year after he collapsed because of a poisoned tooth but bounced back to win dual gold at the European Championships, went to the front as they entered the last kilometre of the race run over the half marathon distance and although Kigen tried to come back at him he had enough left in the tank to hold on.

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