Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won the Great North Run on Sunday beating Mo Farah of Britain. Kenenisa’s compatriot Haile Gebreselassie finished in 3rd place.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won the Great North Run on Sunday beating Mo Farah of Britain. Kenenisa’s compatriot Haile Gebreselassie finished in 3rd place. The event witnessed a breathtaking finishing between Kenenisa and Farah. Kenenisa finished the half marathon in 1:08 while Farah finished in 1:09. The legendary Haile, who has been in the lead for a long time, took the third place and celebrated the victory with Kenenisa and Farah. The three athletes broke away early and stayed together for a long distance until Kenenisa decided to take the lead.
Kenenisa was able to create a wide gap between him and Farah first. However, Farah produced more sprint to scare Kenenisa near the finishing line. Kenenisa was strong enough to keep his lead to the end and be crowned with the victory. Kenenisa has been on injury for a very long time which kept him away from competitions. Kenenisa is a three-time Olympic champion in the 5000 and 10,000m.
Bekele set the world record for 5000 (12:37.35) and 10,000 meters (26:17.53) in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In addition, Kenenisa won five gold medals from outdoor world championships and 11 from world cross-country championships. He is widely considered one of the greatest male distance runners of all time. The women’s race was won by Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo; while Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.