Brits play down home hopes

British athlete Chris Thompson
British athlete Chris Thompson
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Chris Thompson and Mark Overall have admitted their hopes are slim of landing a British win in this year’s Great South Run.

New world champion Mo Farah broke the Kenyan domination two years ago but the African country have chalked up four wins in the past five years with Joseph Ebuya taking the 2010 crown.

Thompson, the 2010 European 10,000m silver medallist, has only just returned from injury but impressed with second place at the Great Yorkshire Run a fortnight ago.

And he admits it could be impossible to live with Leonard Komon.

Thompson said: ‘If Komon is in the world-record shape he is talking about, in all honesty, we haven’t got a chance. That sort of pace is insane.

‘I would still give it my best shot but I couldn’t see anyone going with him – except maybe Abel Kirui.

‘If for any reason they are not in world-record shape, I am ready to take advantage.

‘Alistair Cragg is also in good shape and if Scott Overall has recovered from the marathon, he will be in contention as well.

‘I would like to think I would have a good chance of getting close to that British record.

‘If I can do that, it is not impossible that it would be good enough to win.’

Fellow Brit Overall said: ‘I’ve come fourth for the last two years here, so it would be nice to actually get in the medals this time.

‘But they keep putting these very strong fields together and they’ve done it again this year.

‘We always get great support from the crowds in Portsmouth and I’m sure it will spur us on to do our best.’