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SI­MON LAW­SON has had to set­tle for sec­ond place on three oc­ca­sions in the Great North Run wheelchair race, so the taste of vic­tory was par­tic­u­larly sweet for the Bri­tish Par­a­lympian af­ter he won a sprint to the line with mul­ti­ple global medal­list Brent Lakatos.

It was neck and neck un­til the 200m to go mark, where Cana­dian Lakatos mis­took tim­ing sen­sors across the road for the fin­ish line and slightly eased up.

Law­son did not and put in an im­pres­sive burst of fin­ish­ing pace which Lak­taos may well have strug­gled to match in any event, win­ning in 44:22. Lakatos fin­ished five sec­onds be­hind and his fel­low Cana­dian Josh Cas­sidy came third in 44:57.

“That was tough,” said the 35-year-old Cum­brian Law­son, who will com­pete at the Ber­lin Marathon later this month.

“I haven’t had much of a sea­son due to in­jury so I wasn’t re­ally sure how I’d go but I’m pleased with that. Af­ter three sec­ond places it’s nice to fi­nally get a win.”

Si­mon Law­son: se­cured a first win af­ter three run­ner-up spots

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