In an emotional farewell to his illustrious career, Mo Farah, one of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated athletes, finished in fourth place at the Great North Run 2023. At 40 years old, the four-time Olympic gold medalist struggled to keep up during the renowned 13.1-mile trek from Newcastle to South Shields. Farah crossed the finish line a full three minutes and 30 seconds and ended his successful athletics career on a good note.
Mo Farah, who was feeling deeply emotional about the last race of his career, stated “It’s very emotional. There was a lot going through my mind.” In a conversation with BBC Sport, he elaborated, “All I know is running, and that is what made me happy for so many years. Running is everything to me. Running is what saved me.”
During the last 200 meters of the Great North Run 2023, Farah acknowledged the crowd that had supported him throughout his journey. Many spectators held up signs reading “One Mo Time” as he waved to them before retracing his steps down the finishing stretch to exchange high-fives. “Without the crowd, I wouldn’t have got through it,” he admitted. Farah also mentioned that Newcastle held a special place for him and said, “I wanted to end my career here in Newcastle. I’ve had some amazing memories. It’s really important to come out here and give my support to the crowd.”
Achievements of Mo Farah
Mo Farah has had an outstanding career, as he became the first British athlete to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m races in the Olympics. He first captured these titles in the London Olympics in 2012 and successfully defended them at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
Mo Farah’s accomplishments also include six world titles, five European championships, and two European indoor championships. He has even clinched a victory at one of the marathon majors, the Chicago Marathon, in 2018. His career which spanned over two decades made him one of the most decorated British athletes, surpassed only by five others in terms of Olympic medals.
Who won the Great North Run 2023?
Meanwhile, the men’s race was won by Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia’s 2022 World Marathon champion, with a timing of 59:58. This win served as redemption for Tola, who had to bow out from last month’s world marathon in Budapest. Belgium’s Bashid Abdi finished second, lagging 1 minute and 22 seconds behind Tola, while another Ethiopian, Muktar Edris, came in third.
In the women’s category, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir, who is also the Olympic marathon champion, claimed victory in 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 45 seconds at the Great North Run 2023. Her Kenyan compatriot Sharon Lokedi was second, followed by Britain’s Charlotte Purdue in third place. In the men’s wheelchair category, Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Daniel Sidbury won with a time of 42:48, and Samantha Kinghorn won the women’s race in 49:21. The 42nd edition of the Great North Run drew nearly 60,000 participants.
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