Athletics: Mo Farah fell during the NY half marathon and collapsed after the line

Last Updated: 17/03/14 12:09pm

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Mo Farah: Collapsed after finishing second in New York

Mo Farah: Collapsed after finishing second in New York

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Double Olympic champion Mo Farah collapsed shortly after crossing the line in an incident-packed New York City half-marathon on Sunday.

Farah recovered from a painful fall approaching halfway to finish second to Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, but was then pictured lying on the ground in the finishing area before being taken away in a wheelchair.

The 30-year-old was in the leading pack of eight athletes when he was sent crashing to the tarmac after seemingly being accidentally tripped from behind.

Farah quickly got back to his feet and resumed running, but Mutai took full advantage of the incident to pull clear with compatriot Stephen Sambu.

Mutai, who clocked the fastest marathon time in history in Boston in 2011 and has six sub-60 minute half-marathon times to his credit, then eased away from Sambu on 42nd Street and went on to win in 60 minutes 50 seconds.

Farah slowly reeled in Sambu and eventually edged ahead with 800 metres to go before holding off the 25-year-old on the line to clock 61mins 8secs, just outside his British record of 60:59.

"I'm not sure what happened. I just remember sort of falling down and just hitting the ground quite hard," he said. "I got caught on my hip, my ankle, the whole right-hand side. At that point, I just wanted to get back up and get with the group.

"It did take quite a lot out of me. My aim was to just close the gap slowly, but I couldn't quite close the gap. And then the last four miles I struggled a bit. I was just pretty much seeing stars. Everything was kind of blurred to me. I just wanted to keep going. I didn't want to stop and drop.

"I couldn't quite get Mutai, but managed to get second place. I tried my hardest and gave 110 per cent. That's all you can do. Sometimes things happen out of your control and you've just got to move on.

"I tried so hard in the race, taking a fall and then going through. But I'm all right. It's fine. It's not a big deal."

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