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Vernon apologises for questioning Farah nationality

Mo Farah has claimed his Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon questioned his nationality after the double Olympic champion won European 10,000 metres gold last summer.

Farah and Vernon were involved in a Twitter spat this week. Credit: PA

Farah made the claims when he was questioned on Friday about a Twitter spat the pair had earlier in the week.

The 31-year-old, who was born in Mogadishu in Somalia before moving to Britain as a child, has apologised for the social media row, but admitted their past contributed to his frustrations boiling over.

Vernon has admitted making the comments in Zurich, but insisted they were intended as "a joke" among a group of people "having a laugh" saying:

I said it on a table full of people and we were all having a joke at the time. We had just raced and the team was all in high spirits. The whole table was having a joke and a laugh and it was just a comment to carry on the jokes. He laughed at the time. If he did take it out of context it wasn't meant that way and I apologise.

– GB athlete Andy Vernon
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Millionth runner hailed at the finishing line

Tracey Cramond with Lord Coe and the Great North Run founder, Brendan Foster CBE Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd

Tracey Cramond, who was running for the Butterwick Hospice in memory of her mother, was named as the millionth runner to take part in the event.

She said that as she crossed the finish line, "I heard a bang go off behind me...and then I got mobbed!"

Tracey was presented with a special award by Lord Coe.

Millionth person crosses the line at Great North Run

A charity runner became the millionth person to finish the Great North Run in Newcastle.

A charity runner became the millionth person to complete the Great North Run. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Tracey Cramond crossed the line with a time of just over three hours and 22 minutes becoming the first millionth finisher ever in a running event worldwide.

She was in a mass of runners who surged through the line an hour and 22 minutes after race winner, the double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

She told the BBC: "I'm absolutely gobsmacked - totally shocked," adding that she started running last year after her mother died.

She added: "I thought I would raise funds for children's charities because children meant so much to her."

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Mo Farah celebrates Great North Run victory

Olympic champion Mo Farah has celebrated becoming the first British man to win the Great North Run since 1985 by beating Mike Kigen with a personal best time of one hour and one second.

Mo Farah celebrates his first placed finish with second placed Mike Kigen (left) and third placed Stephen Kiprotich (right). Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The Olympic champion holds up his Great North Run medal. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Farah holds the Great North Run trophy on his head. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Mo Farah wins the Great North Run

Olympic, World and European champion Mo Farah made up for last year's heartbreak by winning the Great North Run in Newcastle.

Mo Farah won the Great North Run with a personal best time. Credit: PA

The 31-year-old who lost in a sprint finish to Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele over the half-marathon course 12 months ago, scored a personal best time of 1:00:01.

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