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.

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