Mo Farah charged to victory in the Great North Run half marathon, breaking his own European record in the process.
Farah, who won World Championship gold at both 5,000m and 10,000m just a few weeks ago, defended his title in stunning style as be blazed through the final 800m in just under two minutes as he finished in 59 minutes 23 seconds.
The turn of speed appeared to cost him heavily, however, the living legend ambling gingerly around the tarmac and wincing after crossing the finishing line just ahead of Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, who was just a second behind. Another Kenyan, Mike Kigen, was third in 1:00:01.
“It took a lot out of me,” admitted Farah.
“I didn’t expect that – I thought it was going to be a lot easier. But I also didn’t think I was going to run that quickly towards the end of the season. It is nice to finish with a win, that is the most important thing.
“The crowd always give massive support. If it wasn’t for the crowd edging me towards the end it definitely would have been a different result.
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“Over the years the Great North Run is getting better and better. I definitely want to come back and see if I can do a hat-trick.
“It’s been an amazing year and I couldn’t have a better year than this.”