Komon wins Great South Run

WINNER Aselefech Mergia crosses the line
WINNER Aselefech Mergia crosses the line
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Leonard Komon has won the elite men’s Great South Run this morning.

But his bid for Haile Gebrselassie’s 10-mile world record failed.

Out on his own after a rapid first mile of four minutes 12 seconds, the Kenyan finished in a time of 46.18 – more than a minute outside Joseph Ebuya’s course record.

Fellow Kenyan Abel Kirui was second and Irishman Alistair Cragg came home third.

Aselefech Mergia won the elite women’s race.

The Ethiopian clocked an unofficial time of 52.55 around the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea to take the title.

Doris Changeywo was second, with another Kenyan – Irene Jerotich – holding off the challenge of Brit Charlotte Purdue for third.