MO Farah said he had no complaints about finishing second to long-distance great Kenenisa Bekele after being pipped to the post in today’s Great North Run.
The pre-race build-up had focused on the contest between the British double world and double Olympic champion and Ethiopians Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie.
And the race did not disappoint as the trio remained glued together for most of the 13.1-mile course across Newcastle and South Shields.
In the end it was Bekele who led the three runners home in a time of one hour and nine seconds, holding off a late charge from Farah over the last 100 metres.
And the Briton, who finished one second adrift, felt there was no shame in losing out to such an illustrious rival.
“It was a good race, a great finish,” Farah told the BBC.
With the runners battling wind and persistent rain, the lead trio pushed each other along until one mile from the finish in South Shields.