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Mo Farah wins fourth consecutive men's Great North run

Mo Farah wins fourth consecutive men's Great North run”

The man described as Great Britain's greatest ever athlete has done it once again.

He was made to work for it though with a strong challenge from New Zealander Jake Robertson.

The 34-year-old Briton, for whom this was the first race since he finished his track career last month, thus equalled the record total of wins in this event set by Kenya's Benson Masya, first home in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

Kenya's Mary Keitany won the women's race for a third time, with compatriot and 2016 champion Vivian Cheruiyot coming second and Caroline Kipkirui completing a Kenyan triumvirate.

London Marathon victor Mary Keitany of Kenya surged to her third victory in the women's race in 1hr:05min.59sec.

For four-time Olympic gold medallist Farah, the victory was far from a breeze, making an already memorable 2017 even more special with another incredible victory. "I think it was a lack of training really".

"I'm sore everywhere- I've never been this sore".

"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".

She said before the race: "When she popped the question I had no idea the ceremony would be at the next year's Great North Run".

"When I made a decision to concentrate exclusively on the roads from 2018 I knew that I wanted this to be my first marathon".

It is the third time Sophie has taken part in the run, and she was joined by her 33-year-old sister Katie.

The romantic New Zealand star called partner Masai who finished fourth in the women's elite race at the finish line of the Great North Run.



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