ETHIOPIA’S Kenenisa Bekele won the Great North Run today, beating Mo Farah in an exciting finish on The Leas at South Shields.
Running his first competitive half-marathon, made the break with a mile to go, and looked to be heading for a comfortable win.
But double Olympic and world champion Farah began to chase down the leader over the last 400 metres, and was on his heels as the finishing line approached.
But he was unable to find the extra speed needed to pass his opponent.
Bekele cross the line first in an unofficial time of 60 minutes and eight seconds, with Farah just one second down.
Distance great Haile Gebrselassie was third, but had the consolation of setting a world record time for over-40s.