Wilson Kipsang wins Great North Run

Kenyan Kipsang pips fellow countryman Kogo on the line to win Great North Run

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11:52 GMT, 16 September 2012

Wilson Kipsang snatched victory from fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo in the Great North Run thanks to a dramatic sprint finish that went right to the line.

Kipsang, who won the London marathon earlier this year and claimed bronze over the same distance at the Olympic Games, pipped Kogo to the victory in the last 20 metres in a time of 59 minutes and six seconds.

Ethiopia's Imana Merga finished third and Chris Thompson was the highest-placed Briton in sixth with a time of 61 minutes.

Taking it on the line: Wilson Kipsang wins the Men's 2012 Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle

Taking it on the line: Wilson Kipsang wins the Men's 2012 Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle

In the women's race, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba powered to victory on her half marathon debut.

The three-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, who became the first athlete to retain the Olympic 10,000 metres title this summer, saw off the challenge of 2011 world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and 2012 Olympic Games marathon champion Tiki Gelana to claim the victory.

Pushed all the way: Kipsang celebrates winning Great North Run ahead of fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo

Pushed all the way: Kipsang celebrates winning Great North Run ahead of fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo

Dibaba finished with a time of 67 minutes 35 seconds, just outside of the symbolic 67-minute mark.

Briton Jo Pavey finished in fifth place, just outside of her personal best.
Canadian Josh Cassidy won his third Great North Run in the men's wheelchair event by some distance.

Cassidy finished in a time of 43 minutes 18 seconds, a clear six minutes ahead of Britain's Phil Hogg in second place, with Ross Low claiming third.