Mo Farah scored a fifth record victory in Great North Run. © Instagram
Mo Farah delivered a dominant performance to claim a fifth record victory in the Great North Run on Sunday in the final step in his bid to win a great marathon. The British rider led from the front to cross the line in 59 minutes and 26 seconds, just four seconds behind the best personal performance he achieved when he won his second title in 2015. It was also his fifth consecutive victory in the race. Farah downplayed New Zealander Jake Robertson in the final part of the Newcastle race as he prepared in style for his attempt to win his first major marathon crown in Chicago next month.
"The training is different now that I'm not in the athletic season, I've been doing a lot of longer races and in terms of endurance I'm definitely more fit," four-time Olympic champion Farah told the BBC.
"Just getting into that headwind was so difficult, it was not going smoothly, it was going up and down, I honestly thought I could beat my personal best today, but those last two kilometers really hurt me."
Favorite Vivian Cheruiyot fired her Kenyan compatriot Brigid Kosgei to win her second women's title in 67:43.
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