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Korir triumphs as Farah is seventh

Kenyan-born American Leonard Korir won the Great Edinburgh Cross Country run on Saturday evening, a race in which Britain’s four-time Olympic Champion Mo Farah finished seventh.

European cross country bronze medallist Callum Hawkins led the race for most of the course, but Korir outran him to the tape, crossing it in 24min 03sec.

Another Kenyan-born athlete, Turkey’s Aras Caya (formerly Amos Kibitok), came in third.

Farah, who was running his last cross country race, said his pace was much-slower than it should have been, but noted that he was not worried as he prepares for bigger assignments.

“It was a hard day of the office,” the London 2012 and Rio 2016 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic champion told the BBC.

“I’m a little bit behind where I would usually be at this stage of the season.

“But I’m not panicking this early on in the year – I’ve got to get ready for London 2017.”

Yasemin Can, Kenyan-born runner representing Turkey won the women’s 6km dominated. Can was named Vivian Jemutai at birth.

She crossed the line in 20:36 to win by 21 seconds over Ireland’s Fionnula McCormack. Turkey’s Meryem Akdag came in third five seconds later.

 

 

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