The Ethiopian runner shaved one minute and 18 seconds off Sir Mo Farah’s course record. He managed to see off strong competition from runner-up Chris Thompson. Thompson looked to set the pace in the early stages, hitting the front and leading out Bekele and the rest of the pack.
Bekele said: “This was my second half marathon in the UK and I’m very happy to win. It was a little bit windy.”
“The new course record is a great bonus. I wasn’t focused on time today; I just wanted to win.”
“I’m on schedule in my preparation for the Virgin Money London Marathon in April. If the weather is good, then I’m hoping to run as I ran in Berlin last year.”
“There’s no question about the crowds in London were great. There was cheering all around the course; it felt like a great place to be, thanks to the amazing people in London.”
Original Author: Jane McGuire of Runner’s World
Article Syndicated from Runner’s World.