Farah wins at EDP Lisbon Half Marathon with European Record of 59:32
Provided by IAAF
Mo Farah fulfilled his role as pre-race favourite for the 25th anniversary edition of EDP Lisbon Half Marathon when he won at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in European record 59:32 on Sunday (22).
Farah lopped 20 seconds off the time set by Spain’s Fabian Roncero in 2001.
“It feels amazing, I got massive support from the crowd. It wasn’t easy, the race organisers put in a great field. To win here was hard but it’s my birthday is tomorrow so it’s a good birthday present. I feel so happy to break the British record and European record,” commented Farah, who turns 32 on Monday.
The race was far from a time-trial for Farah, who had to battle all the way to the line.
He stayed off the pace being set by the Kenyan pair of Micah Kogo and Stephen Kibet after the halfway point but gradually edged his way towards being on level terms with them just before 18km.
Kibet gradually started to slip back but his regular training partner and friend Kogo, from Kenya, gave no quarter and, in very similar fashion to the Great North Run back in September, he was only beaten in the final 100 metres as Farah went through the gears and showed better finishing speed with the line in sight.
Less than a metre after he had finished, Farah took a dramatic tumble which demonstrated there was absolutely nothing left in the tank.
“My legs were so tied. Normally when you cross the line you step over the tape but you step over but I was so tired I couldn’t lift my legs and tripped over it!” Fortunately, Farah’s post-race injury only amounted to some slight bruising.
Farah has now won four of the six half marathons he has raced, coming second in the other two.
Kogo finished just two seconds in arrears behind Great Britain’s double Olympic, world and European champion on the track in 59:34 while Kibet was third in 59:55.
After the first three, it was then a long way back to Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in fourth place with 1:00:45.
Kenya’s Rose Chelimo won the women’s race in 1:08:22 with Portugal’s Sarah Moreira second in 1:09:18 and Priscah Jeptoo, from Kenya, third in 1:09:21.
Chelimo was out in front from around eight kilometres into the race and was never headed.
Phil Minshull for the IAAF
1. Mo Farah (GBR) 59.32
2. Micah Kogo (KEN) 59.33
3. Stephen Kibet (KEN) 59.58
4. Guye Adola (ETH) 1:00.45
5. Edwin Kipyego (KEN) 1:01.48
6. Kevin Kochei (KEN) 1:01.56
7. Sahlesilassie Nigussie Meketa (ETH) 1:02.16
9. Silas Kipruto (KEN) 1:03.19
10. Ezekiel Chepkorom (UGA) 1:03.30.
1. Rose Chelimo (KEN) 1:08.22
2. Sara Moreira (POR) 1:09.18
3. Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 1:09.21
4. Purity Cherotich Rionoripo (KEN) 1:10.24
5. Ana Dulce Felix (POR) 1:10.27
6. Doris Changeywo (KEN) 1:11.54
7. Koren Jelela (ETH) 1:11.55
8. Workenesh Edesa (ETH) 1:12.00
9. Polline Wanjiku (KEN) 1:12.09
10. Jane Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:12.55