Kipsang sprints to Great North Run victory

Reuters, Sunday 16 Sep 2012

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang takes men's title in Great North Run, whilst Ethiopia's Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba wins women's race

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File photo: Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Uganda approaches the finish line to win the men's marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (Photo: AP)

Africans dominated the Great North Run on Sunday with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang taking the men's title and Ethiopia's Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba winning the women's race.

The annual half marathon, Britain's biggest mass-participation run, saw Kipsang produce a scintillating sprint finish to beat fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo on the line with a time of 59 minutes six seconds.

Kipsang also won this year's London Marathon and took a bronze medal over the distance at the Olympics.

Three-times Olympic champion Dibaba, who was making her debut at the half-marathon distance, saw off the challenge of 2011 world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat to cross the line first in 67 minutes 35 seconds.

Britain's 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah did not take part in the race after deciding to rest following his summer feats but acted as one of the official starters as 55,000 people tackled the route from Newcastle to South Shields.

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