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Mo Farah Wins Lisbon Half Marathon, with PB and Euro Record

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Mo Farah winning the Lisbon Half Marathon

Mo Farah winning the Lisbon Half Marathon. Image: Victah Sailor/Photorun.com

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah won the Lisbon half marathon  on Sunday in a new European record time, becoming the first Briton ever to break 60 minutes.

Farah, 31 at the time of the race, the day before his birthday (now 32, happy birthday Mo) knocked 20 seconds off the 14 year old record set by Spain’s Fabian Roncero, winning the race in 59 minutes, 32 seconds.

After winning he thanked the supportive crowd,

“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 tomorrow so it’s a good birthday present. I feel so happy to break the British record and European record.

After crossing the finishing line Farah collapsed to the floor, illustrating the effort that had been put into his win. On the incident Farah said,

My legs were so tied. Normally when you cross the line you step over the tape but I was so tired I couldn’t lift my legs and tripped over it!”

With a time that most runners would be ecstatic about, Farah was still over 1 minute slower than the current world record of 58:23, set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in the 2010 Lisbon race.

This follows the world record claimed by Mo last month at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in the two mile race.

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