Mo Farah wins Great North Run for fifth consecutive year
Farah becomes the first person to win the event five times in a row
Sir Mo Farah won his fifth consecutive Great North Run half-marathon on Sunday morning. Farah becomes the first person to win the event five times in a row. He finished in 59:26, just missing out on a personal best. He told the BBC post race, “The last two miles was hard coming into the headwind. My legs were a bit tired before the end.”
The Chicago marathon is up next for Farah.
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Top 3 Elite Men@SimplyhealthUK #GreatNorthRun
?Mo Farah 00:59:26
? Jake Robertson 00:59:57
? Bashir Abdi 01:00:43 pic.twitter.com/JYE0lDWi6x
— Great Run (@Great_Run) September 9, 2018
Second place went to Jake Roberston of New Zealand. He finished in 59:57, just dipping under the one hour mark. Robertson, 28, is having a fantastic year, debuting in the marathon on March 4 at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Japan, where he finished in third place while setting a New Zealand national record with a time of 2:08:26. He has also won three prominent U.S. road races including the Houston Half-Marathon in January (where we ran 60:01), the Crescent City 10K in New Orleans and the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine where he ran 27:37.
Roberston is set to race the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and will be a contender for the win. He’ll join Canadian Reid Coolsaet and defending champion Philemon Rono in the race.
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Mo wasn’t the only Farah entered in the 2018 Great North Run. His wife, entered as “Lady Farah” ran a new personal best, finishing the 21.1 kilometres in 1:45:00.
In the women’s results, Kenya’s 2016 champion Vivian Cheruiyot won dominantly in 1:07:43.