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Olympic hero Mo Farah gets the Great North Run underway

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah acted as honorary starter today at the Great North Run in Newcastle.

The middle-distance runner cut the ribbon to open the famous race and met competitors as they passed the start line.

Mo Farah, who was acting as honorary starter, high fives runners during the start of the Great North Run in Newcastle. Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah pictured today. Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Great North City Games about to get underway in Newcastle

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Team GB Olympic stars back in action today

Olympic gold medallists Greg Rutherford (left) and Mo Farah at a photo call ahead of the event in Newcastle. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford are among the stars from the London Games to take part in today's Great North CityGames.

Double Olympic champion Farah will run in a two mile international guest race, as athletes from Great Britain wcompete against the United States at NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Greg Rutherford: 'Jonnie Peacock is a supreme athlete and should win gold'

Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford has told ITV News that Jonnie Peacock is a 'supreme' athlete and should win gold tonight against Oscar Pistorius.

He said: "He's a great, great athlete and going into these games he has got to be the favourite and really can set that track alight."

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Greg Rutherford's parents: 'You try to do anything you can to see your children fulfil their talents'

The parents of Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford said they are "extremely proud" of their son's achievement.

"In any athlete's life there's a lot of times when it's not going so great, you get injuries et cetera, but just by pure perseverance, Greg has continued, and look at what he's done," said Andy Rutherford, "and that can apply to anybody."

Tracy Rutherford said there have been "lots of times taking him to training, picking him up from, taking him to competitions, rushing in from work, dropping him off - a nightmare sometimes - but it's built here now!"

"Really we've done no more than any 'good' parents would try and do - and that's to see your children fulfill whatever talent they've got," added Andy.

Greg Rutherford: 'The crowds were just the lift I needed'

Greg Rutherford has described the crowd in the Olympic Stadium as, "absolutely fantastic for what they're doing - getting behind ever single Brit out there.

Speaking to BBC News the Olympic champion said, "it was absolutely amazing. I'm fortunate enough to compete in front of some big crowds. But to get out there and have 80,000 people behind you, it was the lift I needed to win."

Greg Rutherford celebrates after winning the Men's Long Jump Credit: PA

Speaking about his pre-run preparation when he stands still and twitches his hand before heading down to the jump, he said, "it's just me concentrating, it's just me thinking, going through the motions of what I'm about to do.

"It's just making sure my body is ready and I'm feeling good and just keeping me aware of what's going on around me, but not getting too absorbed in everything else that's happening."

Rutherford: 'I hope once I wake up I'm still Olympic Champion!'

GB long jumper Greg Rutherford will soon be waking up for the first time as Olympic champion.

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