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Half Marathon clash between Farah and Gebrselassie at Bupa Great North Run

by Press Release
Monday 13th August 2012
Tags  Bupa Great North Run   |   Bupa   |   Nova International   |   Mo Farah   |   Haile Gebrselassie

Race news: Bupa Great North Run - September 16, 2012

Newly crowned Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m gold medallist Mo Farah still has a tough test of his ability ahead of him, when he faces Haile Gebrselassie in next month's Bupa Great North Run, on the 16th September.

With a time of personal best of 60 minutes 23 seconds, Farah is Great Britain's fastest half-marathon performer and he will take on Gebrselassie - the world’s greatest ever distance runner - in what should be a classic race on the iconic Newcastle to South Shields course.

Gebrselassie, a former world half-marathon record holder, has a personal best of 58min 55sec. He won his debut Bupa Great North Run in 2010 in a very impressive time of 59 minutes 33 seconds.

Now event organisers are confident that 2012 will see Farah become the first British athlete ever to smash the milestone 60 minute barrier, at the head of the record 55,000 runners taking on the race.

Peter Riley, Bupa Great Run elite athlete manager said, “New York last year was Mo’s only serious half-marathon race, and he won against a very strong international field.

"That victory coupled with the fact he is the country's fastest half marathoner suggests he will achieve the feat. As a former European Cross Country champion, Mo has plenty of strength for the longer distances, as he proved when winning the 10 mile Bupa Great South Run in 2009, with a very fast time of 46min 25sec.

"I'm sure the head-to-head between them will be something special. Who knows, with Farah expected to eventually move up to the marathon we could even see him talked about as an equal of Gebrselassie in a few years’ time."

At 29, Farah is slightly over 10 years younger than the "Emperor" as the African star is known worldwide; they first came head-to-head at the 2003 London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, which at that time was no contest for the veteran runner.

Coming off the dizzy heights of his track career which included winning two Olympic 10,000m victories before switching to the marathon event, Gebrselassie was the easy winner of the race with his then rookie British rival down in ninth position.

Now Farah has matured into an almost equally great Olympian, and the streets of Tyneside offer a unique opportunity to show his ability, and the opportunity to look for new challenges as he undertakes a road running career.

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