Saturday 22 October 2016

Mighty Mo remains king of the North

Published 14/09/2015 | 02:30

Mo Farah
Mo Farah

Mo Farah's superb recent form continued yesterday when he successfully defended his Great North Run title.

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Farah became the second British man to win the half-marathon event twice as he crossed the line in north-east England ahead of Kenyan runner Stanley Biwott. Mike Kigen, the Kenyan who came second behind Farah in 2014, was third this time.

Farah finished in 59 minutes, 23 seconds to complete back-to-back triumphs, emulating the achievement of Mike McLeod, the winner in 1981 and 1982.

"I thought Mike Kigen gave me a good run last year and that it would be him and a few others, but Stanley Biwott is a class athlete and he definitely pushed me today," said Farah, who retained his 5,000 and 10,000-metre world titles last month.

The women's title was also retained, with Mary Keitany of Kenya finishing in 1:07.32.

Meanwhile, Mark English put in a classy performance to win the 500m at the Great North City Games in Tyneside in 59.58 seconds on Saturday.

The UCD athlete, in excellent form, usurped a number of top athletes including the USA's Johnny Dutch and Great Britain's Rabah Yousif.

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