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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 September 2005, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Tadesse and Tulu win in Newcastle
Zersenay Tadesse
Zersenay Tadesse set a new world best for the half-marathon as he destroyed a class field to win the Great North Run.

The Eritrean broke away from pre-race Dejene Berhanu and kept accelerating through the later stages to win in a staggering 59 minutes and five seconds.

Ethiopia's Deratu Tulu blew away her rivals to win the women's elite race from her compatriot Worknesh Kidane.

Tulu set a quick early pace and broke away from Kidane and Berhane Adere on a fast downhill section at nine miles.

She came home in 1hr 7 mins 3 secs to become the first Ethiopian woman to win the event.

Kidane was overtaken by Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka in the last mile but fought back to take second.

I didn't know I had broken the record
Zersenay Tadesse

Tulu said: "I thought it would be a much harder race.

"It has always been my ambition to win this event. I have tried two or three times before but on this occasion I knew I was coming into the race injury-free."

Tadesse's winning time was a second quicker than Paul Tergat's previous world half-marathon best.

But it will not count as a world record because the course loses too much elevation over its 13.1 miles.

Tadesse said: "I didn't know I had broken the record. I didn't expect to do it."

Britons sixth

John Mayock was the first Briton home, in sixth - taking over a minute off his personal best and beating rival Jon Brown by two places.

Mayock said: "I am really pleased. I didn't expect to be two places in front of Jon. I can't remember the last time I beat him."

Britain's Mara Yamauchi ran an excellent race to finish sixth in the women's race, beating one of the pre-race favourites Catherine Ndereba.

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