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Farah collapses following New York race

By Phil Casey

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has collapsed shortly after crossing the line in an incident-packed New York City half-marathon.

Farah recovered from a fall approaching halfway to finish second to Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, but was then pictured lying on the ground in the finishing area before being taken away in a wheelchair.

The 30-year-old was in the leading pack of eight athletes yesterday when he was sent crashing to the tarmac after seemingly being accidentally tripped from behind.

Farah quickly got back to his feet and resumed running, but Mutai took full advantage of the incident to pull clear with compatriot Stephen Sambu.

Mutai, who clocked the fastest marathon time in history in Boston in 2011 and has six sub-60 minute half-marathon times to his credit, then eased away from Sambu on 42nd Street and went on to win in 60 minutes 50 seconds. Farah slowly reeled in Sambu and edged ahead with 800 metres to go before holding off the 25-year-old on the line to clock 61 minutes 8 seconds, just outside his British record of 60:59.

It is not the first time Farah has collapsed after finishing second in a race. He did so in the European Cross Country championships in 2009.

He recovered and at the post-race press conference, said: "I feel good. I just tried so hard in the race. It's not a big deal."

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