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Mo Farah wins Great North Run to sixth consecutive year

Last updated on September 9, 2019

The Olympic gold medallist hurried before Ethiopian Tamirat Tola at the last mile to cross the line in 59 minutes and six seconds.

Farah, double Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, said the race had been a perfect prep for October’s Chicago Marathon, together with his sights set firmly on jogging in the Tokyo Olympics next year.

“The audience was so loud I did not understand if he had been closing the gap, and so I kept searching,” that the 36-year-old told BBC Sport.

“I have enjoyed it but the last few years was at the center of marathon prep. It was great to check myself. Things are looking great, and I am delighted with this win.

“Tokyo is on the cards as an athlete you always wish to represent your nation. Hopefully, encounter Tokyo time, we’ll be in the combination “

The women’s course record has been defeated by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, who ended with a period of 1:04:28, five weeks after winning the London Marathon.