Winner hails ‘fantastic’ Great North Run crowds

FANTASTIC FINISH ... Wilson Kipsang celebrates winning the Men's 2012 Bupa Great North Run.

FANTASTIC FINISH ... Wilson Kipsang celebrates winning the Men's 2012 Bupa Great North Run.

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WINNER Wilson Kipsang hailed the “fantastic” Great North Run crowds who cheered him on in a dramatic sprint finish at the South Shields finish line.

Kipsang, who won the London marathon earlier this year and claimed bronze over the same distance at the Olympic Games, beat fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo to the tape in a time of 59 minutes and six seconds.

Afterwards he said: “The finish was quite fantastic. I decided to sprint.

“Towards the last part I believed in myself and I got the feeling that I could sprint.

“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.”

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