World Half Marathon: Mo Farah gets bronze in Cardiff

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Bri­tain's Mo Farah won a bronze medal as Kenya's Ge­of­frey Kam­woror won back-to-back World Half Marathon ti­tles in test­ing con­di­tions in Cardiff.

Farah's time of 59 min­utes 59 sec­onds in a fast-paced race was 27 sec­onds off his own Euro­pean record.De­fend­ing cham­pion Kam­woror won in 59:10 de­spite fall­ing at the start, while com­pa­triot Bedan Karoki fin­ished sec­ond. "I'm dis­ap­pointed," said Farah, adding it was "mas­sive mo­ti­va­tion for Rio"."With great sup­port from the home crowd it would have been nice to win," said the dou­ble Olympic and world cham­pion.

"But there were bet­ter ath­letes who won on the day, the guys were strong and I couldn't go with it. I did run a fast time but as an ath­lete you al­ways want to win."Peres Jepchirchir led a Kenyan clean sweep in the women's event.

Pre-race favourites Cyn­thia Limo and Mary Wac­era were both beaten into bronze and sil­ver re­spec­tively by Jepchirchir in a time of one hour seven min­utes and 31 sec­onds.Great Bri­tain's Alyson Dixon was the highest-placed home run­ner in 27th with a time of 1.12:57.

The medal for Farah came in his first en­try in the event, and was the first by a Bri­tish man since 1993, when Carl Thack­ery took bronze in Brus­sels.Kam­woror came across the line first in driv­ing rain to back up his 2014 ti­tle in Copen­hagen with an­other gold.

Farah out­sprinted Ethiopia's Abayneh Ayele in the home straight to fin­ish in wet and windy con­di­tions. -

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