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.
BBC Sport : 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 and 10 seconds.
The sight of Farah and Bekele fighting it out in the last 200m was a fitting conclusion to what had been an eagerly anticipated race from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields.
The three distance-running greats – Farah, Bekele and Gebrselassie – boast 12 world titles and seven Olympic gold medals between them and were together until 31-year-old Bekele, competing in his first half marathon, made his break down a steep slope.
“When Kenenisa went with a mile to go, I thought the pace was ridiculous,” said Farah, who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the World Championships in Moscow last month.
“I thought I could come back. It came to the last 200m, right to the line. It was a great race and a great finish.”
Gebrselassie, 40, could not keep up with the younger pair but his time of 1:01:41 was still a world record over the distance for over-40s. Read More on BBC Sport
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