The athletics season is over and few would have wanted it to end after the momentous few months that have seen Britain promoted to front and centre in the sporting world.
The results did not really matter so much as seeing these athletics in the flesh one more time before athletics enters its yearly hibernation. The Gateshead City games and the Great North Run were a fitting reward and send-off for these athletes after an emotional summer.
…biggest number of entrants…
Despite the variable weather, a warm Saturday giving way to an altogether cooler and wetter Sunday, the Great North Run recorded its biggest number of entrants ever on a day that saw the African athletes Wilson Kipsang and Tirunesh Dibaba record victories in their respective half-marathons.
Kipsang, the second fastest marathon runner ever, managed to surge past his fellow Kenyan compatriot Micah Kogo in the last stretch to win in 59 minutes and six seconds. Describing his win Kipsang said that “the finish was quite fantastic. I decided to sprint.”
…first time running…
“For me winning this race is really good for me. It was my first time running in the GNR and I really enjoyed the race. There were a lot of people cheering and it was fantastic.”
The domination of the long-distance events by the Africans continued in the women’s half-marathon with Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba claiming victory. This win adds to Dibaba’s five Olympic medals (three of them gold) and also counts as her first competitive half-marathon win (winning on her debut, no less), prevailing in impressive fashion by reaching the finish line just outside the 67th minute mark.
…we had rain…
Dibaba said “”I enjoyed it. At the last minute we had rain but there is nothing you can do about that.
“Hopefully next time I can run a faster time and I am thinking of running a marathon next year.”
A scary thought for her competitors. With the season effectively over, what was your favourite sporting moment from this year?