LAWSON FINALLY FINISHES ON TOP
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