Farah wins record fifth Great North Run

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports/Camogie Finals -

Mo Farah has be­come the first man to win the Great North Run five times. The four-time Olympic cham­pion clinched his fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in the race on the South Shields seafront yes­ter­day.

Record num­bers were ex­pected to take part in the half-marathon with 57,000 peo­ple reg­is­tered, or­gan­is­ers said. In re­cent years, the num­ber of peo­ple drop­ping out be­fore they reach the start line has been fall­ing, and based on this trend or­gan­is­ers were pre­dict­ing the high­est ever num­ber of fin­ish­ers on the day.

Crowds lined the route for the race which took place in sunny con­di­tions. Farah, 35, crossed the fin­ish line in 59 min­utes and 26 sec­onds, four sec­onds short of his per­sonal best.

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