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Fri Apr 25 02:01:17 SAST 2014

Kipsang sprints to Great North Run victory

Reuters | 16 September, 2012 14:390 Comments
Olympics Day 16 - Athletics
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya celebrates as he crosses the line to win bronze in the men's marathon on day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall on August 12, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Stu Forster / Getty Images

Africans dominated the Great North Run on Sunday with Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang taking the men’s title and Ethiopia’s Olympic 10 000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba winning the women’s race.

The annual half marathon, Britain’s biggest mass-participation run, saw Kipsang produce a scintillating sprint finish to beat fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo on the line with a time of 59 minutes six seconds.

Kipsang also won this year’s London Marathon and took a bronze medal over the distance at the Olympics.

Three-times Olympic champion Dibaba, who was making her debut at the half-marathon distance, saw off the challenge of 2011 world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat to cross the line first in 67 minutes 35 seconds.

Britain’s 5 000m and 10 000m Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah did not take part in the race after deciding to rest following his summer feats but acted as one of the official starters as 55 000 people tackled the route from Newcastle to South Shields.

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