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Sir Mo Farah wins record sixth straight Great North Run

Sir Mo Farah has set a new Great North Run record by winning the men's elite race for the sixth year in a row.

Records also fell in the women's elite race, with Brigid Kosgei of Kenya setting a new course record and breaking the world half-marathon record by finishing in a time of 1:04:28.

Kenyan women filled each of the top four places, with Kosgei three minutes ahead of second-placed Magdalyne Masai, while Britain's Charlotte Purdue was the best of the rest – finishing fifth in 1:08:10.

Image: Brigid Kosgei set two records in the women's elite race

But it was Sir Mo who generated the most excitement among the home crowd, managing to see off a decent challenge from second-placed Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia in the final mile.

The four-time Olympic champion, 36, finished the 13.1-mile half-marathon course in 59 minutes and six seconds.

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He was seven seconds faster than Tola, who crossed the line 42 seconds ahead of Holland's Abdi Nageeye.

Another Briton, Callum Hawkins, claimed fourth with a time of one hour and 39 seconds – a performance that will stand him in decent stead for the World Championships in Doha later this month.

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Purdue will also compete at the athletics tournament, which kicks off on 27 September, but Sir Mo will miss out.

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Image: David Weir won the men's elite wheelchair race

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