Athletics: Kipsang on song

Kenyan one-two at Great North Run; Dibaba wins women's race

Last Updated: 16/09/12 5:08pm

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Wilson Kipsang: edged out fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo at the Great North Run

Wilson Kipsang: edged out fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo at the Great North Run

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Wilson Kipsang snatched victory from fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo in the Great North Run in a sprint finish.

Kipsang, who won the London marathon earlier this year and claimed bronze over the same distance at the Olympic Games, pipped Kogo to the victory in the last 20 metres in a time of 59 minutes and six seconds.

Ethiopia's Imana Merga finished third and Chris Thompson was the highest-placed Briton in sixth with a time of 61 minutes.

In the women's race, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba powered to victory on her half marathon debut.

The three-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, who became the first athlete to retain the Olympic 10,000 metres title this summer, saw off the challenge of 2011 world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and 2012 Olympic Games marathon champion Tiki Gelana to claim the victory.

Dibaba finished with a time of 67 minutes 35 seconds, just outside of the symbolic 67-minute mark.

Briton Jo Pavey finished in fifth place, just outside of her personal best.

Canadian Josh Cassidy won his third Great North Run in the men's wheelchair event by some distance.

Cassidy finished in a time of 43 minutes 18 seconds, a clear six minutes ahead of Britain's Phil Hogg in second place, with Ross Low claiming third.

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