Kosgei runs fastest-ever women’s half-marathon

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei ran the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman on Sunday, winning the Great North Run in a time of one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds.

Her time was 23 seconds quicker than the previous best of 1:04.51 by fellow Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, set in 2017 but the course is not eligible for records.

Mo Farah won the men’s elite race for a record sixth successive year as he warms up to defend his Chicago Marathon title next month.

Four-time Olympic champion Farah, 36, was pushed hard by Tamirat Tola, but proved too strong in the final mile for the Ethiopian, to finish the 13.1-mile course in 59min 7sec. Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands was third.

Farah is aiming to establish himself among the world’s elite marathon runners.

He claimed his first marathon title last year when he won in Chicago in a time of 2:05.11– a European record.

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