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Salute to Alan Shearer as Mo Farah completes a hat-trick of Great North Run wins

Mo Farah paid homage in Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer on his way to a third successive Great North Run title in the city.

“I knew it was going to a hard race,” he said. “To be honest I’m knackered.

“I can hardly talk. It’s good to finish on a high. I just have to go home now and chill out and see the kids.”

The four-time Olympic champion pulled clear of American Dathan Ritzenhein to coast to victory in one hour, four seconds.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won the women’s race.

Farah was the red-hot favourite to complete his hat-trick of titles in the half-marathon, after the successful defence of his 10,000m and 5,000m Olympic titles in Rio.

The 33-year-old endeared himself to the locals by raising one arm above his head over the closing stages in homage to Shearer.

It was enjoyed by Shearer himself, who posted a picture of Farah’s celebration on Twitter alongside the statue of himself that is set to be unveiled at St James’ Park: “Love it @Mo_Farah! Apparently they’ve already built a statue of you to commemorate your hat-trick!”

Cheruiyot, who won the 5,000m title in Rio, earlier won the women’s race by just a second after holding off the 2013 winner Jeptoo.

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