Kenenisa Bekele defeats Mo Farah in Great North Run thriller
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele saw off double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah‘s late surge to win the Great North Run in a thrilling sprint finish.
Britain’s Farah, 30, chased down Bekele in the last 400m in a great finale but was pipped to the line by one second.
Another Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie, was a distant third after falling behind in the last of the 13.1 miles.
“I’m disappointed but I was second to a great athlete,” said Farah after finishing in one hour 10 seconds.
Kenya’sÃ‚Â Priscah JeptooÃ‚Â came close to breaking the course record as she ran the third-fastest half marathon in history by a woman to win the women’s race.
The 29-year-old, this year’sÃ‚Â London marathon winnerÃ‚Â and London 2012 silver medallist, was only five seconds slower than the 1:05:40Ã‚Â Britain’s Paula Radcliffe.Ã‚Â ran 10 years ago.
Meseret Defar broke the Ethiopian record as she came second to Jeptoo in 1:06:09 but ahead of compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, another of the pre-race favourites.