Mo Farah wins record fifth straight Great North Run title

Four-time Olympic champ adds to his legacy as one of the greatest ever distance runners with victory in world's biggest half marathon

There's no stopping 4-time Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Mo finished first for a record-breaking fifth-time on-the-trot in the Great North Run in Newcastle.

The Brit completed the half-marathon in 59 minutes and 26 seconds - a new course record.


Farah finished a comfortable 31 seconds ahead of New Zealander Jake Robertson, with Belgium's Bashir Abdi in third.

The 35-year-old Farah missed out on his personal best by four seconds, struggling against the wind in the final 200m.

"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." - Mo Farah speaking to the BBC

Other Winners

Olympic and world champion Vivian Cheruiyot followed up her London Marathon win by topping the podium in the women's race for a second time in three years.

It was a Kenyan clean sweep as Cheruiyot clocked a personal best of 67:43 ahead of compatriots Brigid Kosgei (67:52) and Joyciline Jepkosgei (68.10).

David Weir's dominance in the men's wheelchair race continued as he took first place for the seventh time, setting a new course record and Martyna Snopek won the women's wheelchair race.

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