Kenensa Bekele wins Great North Run in dramatic sprint finish
SOUTH SHIELDS, England (AP) Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia held off a late challenge from local favorite Mo Farah to win the Great North Run on Sunday in a thrilling finish.
Bekele, competing in his first competitive half marathon, made his move with under two kilometers to go but had to fend off a charge from Farah in the last 400 meters as the British runner failed to pip his rival on the line.
Bekele won the race by one second from Farah. Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie was third.
Farah and Bekele are the only two men to have held the 5,000 and 10,000-meter titles from both the Olympics and the world championships at the same time. Farah won the long-distance double at the London Olympics and at the worlds in Moscow last month.