Olympians in Great North Run

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will go head to head with Ethiopian superstars Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in the Great North Run on September 15th.

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Farah "delighted" at Great North Run debut

Mo Farah Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mo Farah says he is delighted to be making his debut in this year's Great North Run in September.

"I competed in the mile and two mile events on Great North Run weekend in past years and I am delighted to finally make my debut in the main event," he said. "I have experience on the roads but this will be only my third half marathon race."


Farah's biggest racing challenge

Olympic champion Mo Farah faces his biggest racing challenge when he goes up against Ethiopian superstars Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in this year's Great North Run.

Gebreselassie missed last year's race though injury and it's a first for Bekele at this distance.

No one could ask for a better dream team to participate in the event and we are delighted they will feature in what has the makings of the greatest head to head in half marathon history.

– Brendan Foster, Great North Run founder

Farah was the double Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Bekele managed the same double at the Beijing Olympics four years earlier.

This is going to be a tough contest for all of us which I'm sure will result in an exciting race.

– Haile Gebreselassie
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