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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Record-breaker Mo Farah wins fourth successive Great North run

'That was really, really tough. I'm sore everywhere - I've never been this sore!'

Britain's Mo Farah wins the men's elite race during the Great North Run in Newcastle, England. Richard Sellers / PA
Britain's Mo Farah wins the men's elite race during the Great North Run in Newcastle, England. Richard Sellers / PA

Britain's Mo Farah won the Great North Run for a record-breaking fourth successive year on Sunday.

Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand's Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the race to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.

Farah, 34, is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row.

He is now level in terms of most victories with Kenya's Benson Masya, who was champion four times in the 1990s.

Farah, who last month finished his glittering track career with a thrilling 5,000m victory at the Diamond League final in Zurich, produced his trademark "Mobot" celebration in Newcastle as he crossed the line.

Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa coming third.

Farah told the BBC after his season-concluding race: "That was really, really tough. I'm sore everywhere - I've never been this sore!

"With four miles to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth.

"As we got closer, I managed to believe in myself and dig, and I was thinking 'if I can just sit on him [Robertson], at the end I can sprint'.

"I'm so pleased with how the season has gone. I'll go on a little holiday with the missus and then come back fresh.

"I'm looking forward to sticky toffee pudding and apple pie!"