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Farah grabs Great South Run win

Highlights - Farah wins Great South Run

Mo Farah produced a stunning finish to become the first Briton to win the 10-mile Great South Run since 1996.

Farah looked to be off the pace after South Africa's Stephen Mokoka went clear in sunny but windy conditions.

But the Londoner came back strongly and outsprinted Mokoka in a thrilling finale to win the Portsmouth race in a time of 46 minutes and 26 seconds.

"The crowd made a big difference - they kept cheering me," said Farah, now the UK's third-fastest over the distance.

The European 5,000m silver medallist, in his first serious race over 10 miles, was confident his decision to make a slow but steady start would pay dividends.

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"We went through 10km and I knew it was quite fast, and knowing the last two miles were going to be windy, I was thinking I must keep some energy," added the 26-year-old.

Farah, the first British winner since Gary Staines secured his third win in 1996, has played down suggestions his participation in Portsmouth might signal his intention to step up to longer distances next season.

Great Britain's Mo Farah talks to reporters after winning the Great South Run in Portsmouth after a thrilling sprint finish.

Ines Monteiro led the women's race from start to finish to win in a new Portuguese national best of 52 minutes and 32 seconds.

She came home 26 seconds ahead of compatriot Ana Dulce Felix, with Australian Benita Johnson, the 2004 winner, third in 54 minutes 41 seconds.

Pre-race favourite Catherine Ndereba of Kenya struggled and came home in fifth place, almost three minutes behind Monteiro.

see also
In Pictures: Great South Run 2009
25 Oct 09 |  People and Places
Record numbers in Great South Run
25 Oct 09 |  Hampshire
Stars of the Great South Run 2009
25 Oct 09 |  People and Places
Simpson and Farah shine in London
24 Jul 09 |  Athletics
Farah breaks record in Birmingham
21 Feb 09 |  Athletics
I'm better and stronger - Farah
20 Jun 09 |  Athletics
Farah sets new GB 10k road mark
25 May 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
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