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Dobriskey & Farah win mile races


Venue: Newcastle to South Shields Date: Sun, 5 October
Coverage: Live on BBC One 0930-1330 BST, highlights on BBC Two 1700-1745, and on the BBC Sport website

Lisa Dobriskey
Dobriskey battled through illness to claim victory on Saturday

Britain's Lisa Dobriskey produced a strong finish to retain her women's Great North Mile title on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quaysides.

The Kent athlete, who finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m in Beijing, claimed victory in wet conditions in a time of four minutes, 37.8 seconds.

Fellow Briton Mo Farah won the men's mile, finishing ahead of Ireland's Dave Campbell and Brimin Kipruto of Kenya.

Farah surged in the final 200m to win by a narrow margin in 4:12.10.

The victory means Farah wins back the mile title he claimed in 2006.

"I am so happy," said the 25-year-old, who won the Great North 3km race last year but failed to make the final of the 5000m in Beijing.

"It's been a disappointing season, the Olympics was the big one and that went wrong so I wanted to end the year on a high.

"I really look forward to this event. The crowd makes a big difference and it is one of my best races."

Dobriskey secured a winning margin of 0.7 seconds with her sprint for the line over the closing 300m, coming home ahead of Ukrainian Anna Mischenko and Slovenia's Sonia Roman.

"I was planning to go for it from the beginning but I had a stinking cold so sat back and kept something in reserve," she said.

"When you are warming up sometimes you feel worse than you actually are and I actually felt great in the race."

Stephanie Twell, 19, paid for her early brisk pace as she ended a promising season with a fourth-placed finish.

Kenya occupied the top three places in the men's two-mile race with Eliud Kipchoge winning in a time of 8:42. Bernard Kipyego was second with Levi Matebo in third.

In the women's two-mile Kenya again dominated, claiming a one-two with Vivian Cheruiyot coming home just ahead of Linet Masai in a time of 9:40.

The addition of 100m road races to the programme saw Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Lauryn Williams become the inaugural champions in their respective races.

The main Great North Run, the world's biggest half-marathon, takes place on Sunday with Britain's Jo Pavey leading the home challenge.

And the athletes will be hoping for better weather after Saturday's warm-up races were run in driving rain and cold temperatures.

see also
Great North Miles photos
04 Oct 08 |  Athletics
Pavey in record Great North field
03 Oct 08 |  Athletics
Steve Cram column
02 Oct 08 |  Athletics
Bekele out of Great North meeting
01 Oct 08 |  Athletics
Dobriskey takes Manhattan victory
21 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
27 Aug 08 |  Athletics

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