KEITANY GRABS THIRD TITLE AT GREAT NORTH RUN

 Kenya’s Mary Keitany becomes the third fastest woman Great North Run history in time of 1:05:59 set on Sunday in United Kingdom. London Marathon winner Keitany bugged her third victory after she broke clear of the pack in the opening stages and set a tough pace as she finished one minute and 45 seconds clear of fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who won last year.

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Caroline Kipkirui, who pushed hard to keep pace with compatriot Keitany up until the eight-mile mark, finished third in 1:09:52. Fourth place went to another Kenyan, Magdalyne Masai, who had further reason for joy after a New Zealand star Robertson proposed to her at the finish line after his race.

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Britain’s Mo Farah won the men’s race for a record-breaking fourth successive year.The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row. Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the race to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.

Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa coming third.Farah told the BBC after his season-concluding race: “That was really, really tough. I’m sore everywhere – I’ve never been this sore!

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“With four miles to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth.“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’.

“I’m so pleased with how the season has gone. I’ll go on a little holiday with the missus and then come back fresh.“I’m looking forward to sticky toffee pudding and apple pie!”



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