Great North Run 2018: Mo Farah wins for record fifth time
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Britain's Mo Farah won a record fifth Great North Run on Sunday in Newcastle.
Farah clocked 59 minutes and 26 seconds for his fifth win in a row in the race, with New Zealand's Jake Robertson 31 seconds back in second.
London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot from Kenya won the women's race for a second time in three years.
Briton David Weir set a new course record to win the men's wheelchair race for the seventh time, with Pole Martyna Snopek taking the women's race.
Farah narrowly missed out on his half marathon personal best - which he set in winning his second title in 2015 - after fading inside the final 200 metres, having pulled clear of Robertson with about two miles to go.
Robertson, who finished a close second to Farah last year, clocked 59:57, with Belgium's Bashir Abdi third in 60:43.
"Training's different now as I'm not in the track season, I've been doing a lot more long runs and in terms of endurance I'm definitely fitter," said four-time Olympic champion Farah.
"Just coming into that headwind it was so tough, I wasn't going smooth, I was going up and down. I honestly thought I could beat my personal best today, but those last two miles really hurt."
Olympic and world champion Cheruiyot posted a personal best of 67:43 to win the women's race ahead of compatriots Brigid Kosgei (67:52) and Joyciline Jepkosgei (68.10).
Weir won the men's wheelchair race in 41:19, with Snopek clocking 63:02 to win the women's race.
2. BBC, this how quickly you can get a HYS open, now get one open on the embarrassment that is Serena Williams!
"why, so racists and misogynists can have a field day?"
So I am a racist and a Misogynist am i 😂😂
My first comment congratulated Mo
and the reason people want to have there say is The BBC gave been promoting her like a god, every article has had a HYS
If a male had acted like that towards a female umpire/ref then it would end there careers...
Well done Mo, as ever, inspirational stuff.
For those that use this medium to make a racist comment. Get a life!!!
I congratulate every club runner out there today that got to Shields quicker than that.
Keep fit, keep focused and get ready for the cross-country season & 2019.
As for the other stuff spouted on here, how immature & sad.
Sad to see the unpleasant anonymous racism on HYS.
But seriously BBC you open a HYS for this which is practically a non event compared to Serena’s disgraceful antics last night!! It seems now that not even free speech is allowed to get in the way of the increasingly feminists agenda that the BBC is trying to push.
A great sportsman with a grown-up, professional attitude and a nice person to boot.
Serena Williams. Er.......
I would love to see him run in the marathon at the next Olympics