Olympic champion Mo Farah, 32, was a repeat winner of what used to be known as the Bupa Great North Run in England, Sun., Sept. 13, outsprinting Kenya’s Stanley Biwott to win the world's second largest half-marathon in 59:22.
Biwott, who’s 29, finished two seconds behind in 59:24. Another Kenyan, Mike Kigen, who’s also 29, finished third in 1:00:10.
Last year Farah, the defending Olympic 5,000- and 10,000-meter champion, became the first British runner in 29 years to win this event when he outkicked Kigen to finish the race in exactly one hour. He had been a close runner-up the previous year to Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the world records for the 5000 and 10,000 meters on the track.
Kenyan great Mary Keitany, 32, was also a repeat winner in the Great North Run women’s race this year. She clocked 1:07:32, compared to the 1:05:39 she ran last year to break Paula Radcliffe’s previous race record by one second.
Finishing second to Keitany this year was England’s Gemma Steel, 30, who ran 1:11:00. Jelena Prokopchuka, 39, veteran international runner from Latvia, was third in 1:11:52.
The top American finishers in the race were Adrianna Nelson, 35, who was fifth in 1:12:29 and Sara Hall, 32, seventh in 1:15:45.
No American men cracked the top 10 in the men’s race, which was absolutely dominated by African or African-born runners.
The Great North Run is held each year in September, on a course from Newcastle upon Thyne to South Shields in the northeast of England. Last year’s race had 57,000 participants and celebrated the 1 millionth runner crossing the finish line! Thus it became the first running event in the world to reach such a milestone.
Bupa was the sponsor of the Great North Run from the early 1990s until last year. This year Morrisons became the sponsor. So the Bupa Great North Run is no more. From now on it’s the Morrisons Great North Run.