Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot wins Great North Run for second time in three years

By BBC: Monday, September 10th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Athletics
Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot from Kenya crosses the finish line to win the women's portion of the Frankfurt marathon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 [Courtesy]

Kenya’s London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot won the Great North Run for a second time in three years.

Mo Farah won in men’s category in a course record of 59 minutes and 26 seconds yesterday in Newcastle.

Olympic and world champion Cheruiyot (pictured) posted a personal best of 67:43 to win the women’s race ahead of compatriots Brigid Kosgei (67:52) and Joyciline Jepkosgei (68.10).

It was also Farah’s fifth win in a row in the race, with New Zealand’s Jake Robertson 31 seconds back in second.

David Weir set a new course record to win the men’s wheelchair race for the seventh time, with Martyna Snopek taking the women’s race.

Farah narrowly missed out on his half-marathon personal best, finishing four seconds outside it after fading inside the final 200m, having pulled clear of Robertson with about two miles to go.

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Robertson, who finished a close second to Farah last year, clocked 59:57, with Belgium’s Bashir Abdi third in 60:43.