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Tyneside victories for UK trio

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Victory for Andy Baddeley
Victory for Andy Baddeley

29 September 2007

 

UK athletes brought down the curtain on the track season in style by winning three of the four international middle distance road races staged on Tyneside as the prelude to the BUPA Great North Run.

 

Andy Baddeley (Harrow AC) and Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford AC / Loughborough Students) succeeded in the 1 mile races while Mo Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles) won the men’s 3000m much more emphatically than 12 months ago.

 

Baddeley controlled his race all the way at the end of his breakthrough summer, crossing the line in 4 minutes 6.9 seconds, six-hundredths ahead of Rui Silva (Portugal). “It was pretty straight forward, though I am tired,” he said. “I think this was my 15th race in 16 weeks. But there is no better way to finish, with so many people supporting us.”

 

Lisa Dobriskey sprints home
Lisa Dobriskey sprints home

Dobriskey sprinted home in 4:37.6, 1.2sec ahead of long-time leader Sonja Roman (Slovakia) with Katrina Wootton (Bedford and County AC) a strong third in 4:40.3 and last year’s winner Becky Lyne (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield) fourth in 4:41.1.

 

The perfect finish from Mo Farah
The perfect finish from Mo Farah

Farah followed his bronze medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final by timing his finish to perfection on the Newcastle quayside. His time of 7:56.3 gave him a winning margin of 1.8sec over Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) – after which he raced off with BBC TV commentator Steve Cram to watch Sunderland play football against Blackburn Rovers. Farah, an avid Arsenal supporter who used to prefer football kick-abouts to athletics training as a youngster, explained: “Sunderland are at the Emirates next weekend and I want to know what to expect. I’m on my two-week break from athletics now.”

 

Kate Reed (Bristol and West AC) was a strong third in the women’s 3km in 9:10.2, 7.5sec behind winner and pre-race favourite Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya).