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Mo Farah wins fourth successive Great North run

AFP logoAFP 10/09/2017
Britain's Mo Farah does his trademark Mobot gestures as he approaches the finish line to win the Great North Run half-marathon in South Shields, north east England, on September 10, 2017 © Provided by AFP Britain's Mo Farah does his trademark Mobot gestures as he approaches the finish line to win the Great North Run half-marathon in South Shields, north east England, on September 10, 2017

Britain's Mo Farah won the Great North Run for a record-breaking fourth successive year on Sunday.

Farah, the reigning Olympic champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, 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.

The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row.

He is now level in terms of most victories with Kenya's Benson Masya, who was champion four times in the 1990s.

Farah, who last month finished his glittering track career with a thrilling 5,000m victory at the Diamond League final in Zurich, produced his trademark 'Mobot' celebration in Newcastle as he crossed the line.

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!

"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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