Mo Farah wins fourth Great North Run

Sep 11, 2017, 07:11 IST | PA Sport

Britain's Mo Farah lies on the track after winning the Great North Run half marathon in South Shields, England yesterday. Pic/AFP
Britain's Mo Farah lies on the track after winning the Great North Run half marathon in South Shields, England yesterday. Pic/AFP

Mo Farah made history once again yesterday as he won his fourth successive Great North Run title. Britain's four-time Olympic champion overcame the challenge of Jake Robertson of New Zealand in the closing stages to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.

Farah becomes the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row, and is now level in terms of most victories with Kenya's Benson Masya. Farah produced his trademark 'Mobot' celebration as he crossed the line in first place. Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa coming third.

"That was really, really tough. I'm sore everywhere — I've never been this sore! (Doing less training than he normally would) was definitely telling. With four mil es to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth. As we got closer, I managed to believe in myself and dig, and I was thinking 'if I can just sit on him (Robertson), at the end I can sprint'."

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