Kenenisa Bekele Beats Mo Farah In Dramatic Great North Run Finale

Kenenisa Bekele won the battle of the distance greats when he held off a late surge from Mo Farah to win the Great North Run half marathon on Sunday. (BBC News)

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Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele saw off double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah’s late surge to win the Great North Run in a thrilling sprint finish.

Britain’s Farah, 30, chased down Bekele in the last 400m in a great finale but was pipped to the line by one second.

Another Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie, was a distant third after falling behind in the last of the 13.1 miles.

“I’m disappointed but I was second to a great athlete,” said Farah after finishing in one hour and 10 seconds.

The three distance-running greats – Farah, Bekele and Gebrselassie – boast 12 world titles and seven Olympic gold medals between them and were together until 31-year-old Bekele, competing in his first half marathon, made his break down a steep slope.

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