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Mo Farah wins London Big Half in sprint finish

Mo Farah outran the former marathon world record-holder to take the win in the London Big Half

Mo Farah successfully defended his title on Sunday morning at the Vitality Big Half in London, England. He crossed the finish line in 1:01:15, just ahead of training partner Bashir Abdi of Belgium and Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya in 1:01:16 and 1:01:17 respectively. Farah finished 25 seconds faster than the 2018 event. 

Former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang was sixth, in 1:04:07. 

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Farah won last year in 61:40, just three seconds ahead of Wanjiru, who finished in second place. The Vitality Big Half doubles as the British Half-Marathon Championships.


On the women’s side, Charlotte Purdue finished in 1:10:38 to take the win over Steph Twell who finished in 1:11:33. Purdue’s half-marathon personal best was run in Japan this year at the Marugame Half-Marathon in 1:09:46. 

Mo Farah
Photo: Mo Farah/Instagram.

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This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 28. Farah and Kipsang will both be running the full marathon again, along with world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge (who is going for his fourth win), 2018 second-place finisher and former Japanese national record-holder Shura Kitata, and world half-marathon record-holder Abraham Kiptum.

Farah has hinted strongly that he is considering a return to the track after this year’s London Marathon.