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The Stars Shine in Great North Run

By September 26, 2013

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Some of distance running's greatest names of all time competed in the annual Bupa Great North Run half marathon in Great Britain earlier this month. The race's top three women have won a combined five Olympic gold medals, plus one silver and three bronzes. On the men's side, the top three finishers own seven Olympic gold medals and one silver. But the least decorated of these runners, 2012 Olympic marathon runner-up Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya, defeated Ethiopian stars Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba with room to spare in the women's event. Jeptoo finished in 1:05:45 on a course that's not eligible for world record consideration - or she would've beaten Mary Keitany's half-marathon record. Defar was next in 1:06:09 and Dibiba third in 1:06:56.

It was much closer on the men's side. Two-time Olympic 10,000-meter champion and former marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie of Morocco ran with the leaders much of the way before settling for third in 1:00:41. That left three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele to battle Mo Farah, the UK favorite and London double-gold medalist, making his half marathon debut. Ethiopia's Bekele pulled away from Farah late in the race, then held off Farah's final charge to win in 1:00:09, one second faster than Farah.

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