Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri narrowly beat the Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir at the 41st edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (11) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.
Obiri who defeated Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan in last year’s edition was pushed to the tape by Jepchirchir who is the two-time world half marathon champion and also the women-only half marathon world record-holder of 1:05.16. This year ‘s victory was decided by just two seconds with the latter taking the honors in one of the bruising battle ever seen in Shields.
Obiri’s winning time of 1:07.05 was a minute and a half behind the Great North Run’s current women’s record holder Mary Keitany, also from Kenya.
Jepchirchir who came to this race as the second fastest runner after the winner settled in second in 1:07.07.
The former Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia, who is making her come back after taking sabbatical leave, announced her return on the road with a third place finish in a time of 1:07.10
The 2012 World Junior women’s 3000m Champion, Hiwot Gebrekidan from Ethiopia came home in fourth place in 1:07.22 with Four times European Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue who also finished in third place last year, relegated to fifth in 1:10.11.
- Hellen Obiri (KEN) 1:07.05
- Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 1:07.07
- Almaz Ayana (ETH) 1:07.10
- Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 1:07.22
- Charlotte Purdue (BRT) 1:10.11