RUNNER-UP Mo Farah said he was disappointed not have won today’s Great North Run, but was “second to a great athlete”.
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele saw off the double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah’s late surge to win the men’s elite race in a thrilling sprint finish.
Farah chased down Bekele in the last 400m in a great finale, but was pipped to the line by one second, finishing in one hour and 10 seconds.
Former champion Haile Gebrselassie was a distant third after falling behind in the last of the 13.1 miles.
Farah said afterwards: “I’m disappointed, but I was second to a great athlete.
“When Kenenisa went with a mile to go I thought the pace was ridiculous.
“I thought I could come back. It came to the last 200m, right to the line. It was a great race and a great finish.”