Sep 15 2012
Mo Farah plans to reward himself with a two-week break from running after rounding off his historic season with victory in the two-mile event at the Great North CityGames on Gateshead quayside.
The double Olympic gold medallist burst past Australia's Collis Birmingham to cross the finish line in a winning time of eight minutes 40.04 seconds in bright sunshine at the event, part of a weekend of athletics culminating in Sunday's Great North Run.
Farah said: "I won't be thinking about any running in the next two weeks. I will go out for a couple of meals with my friends and family. It's important that I enjoy it and take a break and take my mind off running."
Farah conceded the pressure of a whirlwind month since his London 2012 heroics had started to take take its toll despite the apparent ease of his win, with Bobby Curtis catching Birmingham to clinch second place in 8mins 42.80secs.
Farah added: "My lungs were on fire. Seriously, I was blowing for the first mile because it was pretty quick and I was thinking, 'I hope it's not going to carry on at this pace'.
"It slowly eased off, but I still had to work for it. It wasn't as easy as I thought. I've done a lot of stuff since becoming Olympic champion - I've had my two girls and done other stuff as well."
Farah's fellow Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford had to settle for second place in the men's long jump behind Great Britain team-mate Chris Tomlinson, who triumphed with a CityGames record leap of 8.18 metres.
Dwain Chambers recorded an impressive time of 10.04 seconds to win the men's 100m ahead of GB team-mate James Dasaolu and American Darvis Patton.
Hannah England was pipped by American Brenda Martinez in a thrilling finish to the women's one-mile, the Briton kicking early but just being overhauled by her rival who crossed the line in 4:34.99.
And Cheltenham's James Brewer also had to be content with second place in the men's mile, as he just failed to out-sprint American former double world champion Bernard Lagat, who finished in 4.01.62, as the US completed a 6-3 match win over the hosts.