Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mo Heads 'Dream Team' for Tyneside Showpiece; Trio to Clash for First Time in Great North Run

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mo Heads 'Dream Team' for Tyneside Showpiece; Trio to Clash for First Time in Great North Run

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MO Farah will face fellow distance-running greats Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie at the Bupa Great North Run on September 15.

The trio of world and Olympic champions will come together for the first time, with event founder Brendan Foster hailing the line-up as "the greatest head-to-head in half-marathon history".

Farah holds the British record over the distance and will be aiming to become the first British winner of the event since Steven Kenyon in 1985.

Farah said: "It is always one of the world's top half-marathon races, and this year promises to be a great race with me against Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.

"I remember watching Haile win the 2000 Olympic Games in a sprint finish in Sydney when I was just 17 years old.

"I have experience on the roads but this will be only my third halfmarathon race. I won in New York in 2011 and New Orleans earlier this year. I hope to make it a third win in the North East." Bekele preceded Farah as Olympic 5,000 metres and 10,000m champion at the Beijing Games and, like Farah, is also beginning his transition to road racing.

The race will also see the return of Gebreselassie, who won the event three years ago but missed the 2012 race due to injury.

Foster said: "We've had many fantastic races down the Newcastle to South Shields course in past years, but this will be a competition everyone in the athletics world will want to watch.

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

Meanwhile, Christine Ohuruogu has been named captain of the British athletics team for next month's World Championships in Moscow, with Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford added to the line-up after proving his fitness. …

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