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Jonathan Edwards presents coverage of the Great North City Games from the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside, as top athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland take on the USA.


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Good afternoon. And welcome to Tyneside for our coverage of the

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now world famous Bupa Great North Run weekend. Today's action centres

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on the stunning Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, and the third edition of

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the Great North City Games, St COMMENTATOR: Andy Turner takes the

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victory! That is absolutely fantastic... Once again, the

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spectators getting a great view. And a bit of English pride at stake

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here. The more support you give us, For the last couple of years, this

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match has featured England versus Australia, England winning on both

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occasions. But this year, we step it up a notch, as you can probably

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tell from this trophy, England becomes Great Britain and Northern

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Ireland, and the opponents are the strongest athletics nation in the

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world, the USA. The GB captain is Mo Farah, back in the fray after

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his heroics in the World Championships. Today, it is the 2

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Mile race for our golden boy. Hannah England got a brilliant

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silver medal in Daegu. She faces Jenny Meadows this afternoon. It

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wasn't the way he might have hoped to win it, but Andy Turner's bronze

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medal was a massive achievement. He will be taking on jays and budget

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and this afternoon. And we have the fastest woman in the world at the

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moment, Carmelita Jeter. She goes over the 150m. Bernard Lagat was

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the man who chased Mo Farah home in the 5,000 odd in Daegu. But not

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today, as he is in the 1 Mile race. And in the long jump, Dwight

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Phillips will be sailing through the air, as ever, with the greatest

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of these. This afternoon's of these. This afternoon's

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timetable looks like this... The points-scoring system is very

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simple, one point for a win, and that is it. Bernard Lagat will kick

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us off in just a few moments' time. That will be in the 1 Mile. That is

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over on the other side of the We have got Walter Dix, after his

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stunning 200m in Brussels last night. We will be reviewing that

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during the course of the programme. We have got other theme of ten

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going on this afternoon. It is the 10th anniversary of the Gateshead

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Millennium Bridge today. We have got 10 medallists from Daegu, and

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we have got 10 events. Our two guests know all about ten as well.

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It is Colin Jackson and Dean Macey. In fairness, you were 10 times

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better than most, so there you go. There have been working with you

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all these years, you have never said anything as nice as that.

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said anything as nice as that. along! We have just hot-footed it

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back from Brussels, perhaps one of the best nights of athletics ever.

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It was an incredible night of athletics. When you think about it,

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who would have thought a world- leading mark by Usain Bolt in the

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100m gets overshadowed by his own training partner in the 200m. A

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fantastic performance by Yohan Blake, running the second fastest

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time ever in that event. It was like no other 200m we have ever

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seen before. Usain Bolt's face was a bit of a picture after that.

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think he was genuinely shocked. He had given his training partner a

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bit of advice, but he did not expect him to go out and do that.

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It was a sensational performance. I'm looking forward to seeing it

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again. This is your first experience of street athletics -

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what do you make of the concept? is fantastic, it works for TV, 90

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minutes of intense action. And it certainly works for the punters.

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The weather is not perfect, but the amount of people who have turned

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out is phenomenal. I think the competition will be phenomenal as

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well. We have got some outstanding athletes, 10 medalists from Daegu,

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four champions. Yes, from Dwight Phillips, who retained his long

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jump title, which nobody expected, because he had not been in great

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form before Daegu. We have got Walter Dix, what he has got left in

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his legs after yesterday, we do not know. And we have got Mo Farah, who

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has been also more year. I hope he gets a fantastic reception today.

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Mentioning Mo, we have to look back once again to Brussels, and

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Kenenisa Bekele coming back to form. Absolutely, he opened the show. It

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was an incredibly fast paced race. Going under 27 minutes, to hit his

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target, was pretty impressive. He is going to go into the winter very

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confident. And Mo will be a bit nervous about Kenenisa Bekele, with

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the Olympics coming up next year. Moving on to the action now, we

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have got the men's 1 Mile, featuring Bernard Lagat. It is over

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to the commentary team now, with Brendan Foster, and first of all,

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STEVE CRAM: We are going to start with the men's 1 Mile, on the

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Newcastle side, if you like. We're on the Gateshead side. It will be a

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kind of a horseshoe, all the way down the North bank, coming across

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the spring bridge, and then coming back on the Gateshead side, to

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finish right in front of us. Three from each team to contest this 1

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Mile race. We have already mentioned Bernard Lagat, at the

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beginning of the programme. He will be the big star. The man who came

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so close to beating Mo Farah in the 5,000m. He will be joined by a Kyle

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Miller and Donald Cowart for the USA. For Great Britain, Bruce

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Raeside and Andrew Osagie, as well Luke Gunn, normally a steeplechaser.

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And do not write off Bruce Raeside, but one would assume that Bernard

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Lagat would be looking forward to this race, Brendan.

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Forster label yes, there he is, the established athlete. It is a

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privilege for these other athletes to be running in the company of one

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of the all-time greats. It should be interesting for Andrew Osagie

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today. Whenever the milers end up running against the half milers, as

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they used to be called, they always try to take them out early, run

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them beyond their southern distance. But this is a nice, steady start.

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They're going a long the north side of the river, running towards the

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Tyne Bridge, that familiar landmark. They will cross over the swing

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bridge, and come down the other side, past The Sage, and then along

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here, where they will get a great reception in front of us. It is

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overcast on Tyneside this morning, autumnal weather, I think we could

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say. There is not much wind. If anything, it is probably a bit in

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their faces at the moment. But it is pretty still, to be honest. This

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race is being run at a steady pace so far. I'm sure it will pick up,

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though. Bernard Lagat happy to lead things at the moment. Do you think

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that might be because Bernard Lagat has had a look at the times of his

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opponents? He doesn't want Andrew Osagie for company along the

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finishing straight, don't you think? Yes, pretty sure. But it

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will be interesting to see how Andrew Osagie goes. I love to see

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800m runners having a go at the 1,500. Andrew has really been

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developing as an athlete. He had a lot of injuries in his early career.

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He has been developing his strength since then. His coach has been

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doing a good job with him. It was a very encouraging performance in the

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World Championships. And he will be The only thing about running on the

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road, over the 1 Mile, it is so different to the track. The

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perception of where you are in the last quarter-mile can sometimes

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encourage people to kick a bit early. A slight incline here, as

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they go down into the road right along the quayside. Lagat putting

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the pressure on now. Andrew Osagie the only British athlete trying to

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stay with the Americans. As they head down the quayside, on the

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Gateshead side of the river. Three- quarters of a mile to go. Andrew

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Osagie running well, can he get amongst those Americans? Bernard

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Lagat looks to be untroubled. Silver medallist in the World

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Championships in that fantastic, historic race for British athletics,

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with Mo Farah winning the 500 -- 5,000m. This was his rival then,

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but it is Bernard Lagat who looks good right now. Kyle Miller just

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giving him something to think about, on his shoulder. But now, Lagat

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changes up through the gears. The former world champion at 1,500m,

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don't forget. He comes storming through on the track part. Andrew

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Osagie finishing strongly as well. Lagat wins it, Kyle Miller takes a

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second, and Andrew Osagie gets third. Pretty swift, that winning

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time, 4:06. At the moment, the way he ran that race, he was so

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comfortable. Just stretching it, as he needed to. Looking the part,

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coming onto the track. And suddenly, he clicked into gear, and there

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goes the great Bernard Lagat. Still winning medals, after winning them

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back in Sydney in the year 2000. Great man, great friend of Mo

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Farah's, and a great athlete to brood. I would say that was an easy

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win for him today. When they were in Daegu, Mo Farah's family and

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Bernard Lagat's family spent a lot of time together. They are very

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good friends, as you say. We will see Mo Farah shortly, but Bernard

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Lagat joins Phil now. Thank you very much. You made it

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look easy. I felt really comfortable in the race. I wanted

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to come here and run so well, and say thank you to the people who

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invited me. Brendan Foster... I want to thank everybody for coming

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to support us. I wanted to make a good show today. I knew what was

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going to be fun. I kept telling myself, I want to have fun. I have

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come here all the time, to run in Gateshead. I'm pleased. We know you

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love running in Britain, but what about bringing athletics to a new

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audience? This is a brilliant idea. I have only been hearing about it,

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but when I saw yesterday the way it was set up, and the way a lot of

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people were coming, something which is important to me is the kids. The

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kids this morning were running, having so much fun. That is the

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best thing that I have ever seen. It is good for our sport. A I

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really thank UK Athletics for putting this together. It is

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unbelievable. These kids are It is good to see him here, he has

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obviously enjoyed the experience. He has been around the world a lot,

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He has been around the world a lot, Bernard Lagat. Hopefully he will go

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away and tell everybody about what he has seen here on Tyneside today.

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Good run from Kyle Miller in second, and a pretty good performance from

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Holly Bleasdale sales over in this beautiful amphitheatre in the

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shadow of the Baltic Centre. Three metres, 96. The opening height of

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the competition. You expect this to be quite easy. What a great

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holder is on her way. More difficult for Lucy Bryan for Great

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Britain. She is only 16 years old. She has lost out there. Youth

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bronze-medallist. A baptism of fire for her. Representing the senior

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team for the first time. She is a name to watch out for her. Lucy

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Interesting to hear from Bernard Lagat. When everyone comes here and

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is used to running on the track, they get impressed with the close

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proximity to the audience. It is a unique occasion and they enjoy it.

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When Bernard said it, it came from his heart. What happens is he tells

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more and more people and the audience love it. Bernard Lagat won

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today. He was second behind Mo Farah before. Mo Farah was in the

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Edinburgh Cross-Country in January. Mo Farah begins in winning style

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Mo Farah! It is going to be gold for Great Britain. Farrell wins it.

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In towards the home straight, he pushed the leader in the 10,000

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metres, will he do it again? Mo Gold for Mo Farah! This time he got

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it right. He found the strength to hold on. What a performance from Mo

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You never tire of watching that again and again. A remarkable 2011

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of for Mo Farah and he will be running in 10 minutes' time in the

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two miles. Another athlete for whom 2011 was incredible, Sally Pearson

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in hundred metre hurdles. Sensational all season. She did not

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end the way she wanted to. She was looking very solid, explosive of

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the blocks and she kept working hard. Literally, about halfway, she

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just catches the hurdle and that causes her to feel like she is tied

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back. Because of that, she lands up flat over the barrier. No chance

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whatsoever to recover. It was unfortunate for her. But lost other

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diamond lead itself. Danielle Carruthers, she has competed today,

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she ended up winning. Interestingly, Sally was distraught afterwards.

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Yes, it was sad to see. On reflection, she said to herself at

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the end of the day I have had a cracking win and I cannot complain.

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She let Danielle Carruthers go on and take it. There is a Carruthers,

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she was on the same flight as Colin. Dawn Harper as well, it should be a

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with Sarah McGreevy on the inside, Carruthers is getting ready. The

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British athletes have a very tough race in terms of the opposition.

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The Olympic champion, two medallists, silver and bronze from

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World Championships from the USA. Let's look at the start list: the

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championships this season, her best set some years ago. She seems

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relaxed and enjoying herself. She is next to a former Olympic

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champion and bronze-medallist from Harriers club coached by the best

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coached in the world, Malcolm Arnold. Danielle Carruthers, second

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fastest in the world this year. And the world championship silver-

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medallist, 12.47. Sally Pearson, the Australian has won 12.28. It

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shows you how good the Australian has been over the course of 2011.

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This will be very tough for Great Britain to get in amongst the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 43 seconds

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second. 12.74. That is very quick indeed for these conditions. Dawn

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Harper really came through strongly at the end. A fine run by both

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Americans. The Britons, third and fourth place but that's what we

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expected. These two have been almost

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inseparable. Harper missed out to Carruthers for the silver medals at

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the championships. Carruthers screens and she goes over each

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A tremendous performance and race, entertaining the crowd. That is

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what she said yesterday. That was the goal. For the US to do a good

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job. They are so close, you get to touch their hand. And that is the

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difference, face on. I was smiling, but he won the game face! What a

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couple of days you have had. I am happy. I have had three hours sleep,

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I got here at 1030. I warmed up. I am happy. Have you reflected on

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watch achieved last night? really yet! I have not had time to.

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I would take a vacation when this is over. Great to see you here,

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thank you for coming from Brussels. Bleasdale, four metres, 16. She is

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a powerful athlete. Still young. Lots of potential. She goes sailing

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over. On paper, she is the best athlete but these are difficult

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conditions. You can see some rain lying on the run up. A great effort

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by the Blackbird Harrier. She was disappointed with the previous

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performance. Four metres, 12, first comfortable. At the higher heights

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she may meet on to a stiffer pole. Holly Bleasdale has the advantage

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between Holly and Becky. Great Britain have the advantage at the

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on the Gateshead side. On the Newcastle side, we are getting

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ready for the women's mile. Eight athletes in this, four from each

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British team is concerned. There Brussels last night. Jenny Meadows,

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of course, after the disappointment, she felt she underperformed in

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Daegu not making it to the final. She was in a tough semi-final, they

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all were. Jenny Meadows looking forward to being tested over longer

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distances here. Ms Hannah England is very tired, she said -- she

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should start as favourite. It is always interesting to see

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Jenny Meadows. It is always interesting to see how they cope

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moving up. Jenny says she is getting better over longer

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distances. We are yet to see that. Hannah England, a fantastic

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performance in the World Championships. She is settling them

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down, Helen Clitheroe behind them, a good 10,000 metres earlier in the

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year. She has run consistently over the summer. We expect Helen have to

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have a shop workout today and to turn out for the first half

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marathon tomorrow. Jenny Meadows looks comfortable and controlled.

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And a palette of Great Britain on the inside, 400 metres behind them

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and the United States getting in amongst them. They look like the

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team race, the British athletes. Hannah England has had a busy time

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since silver in a Daegu. She went back to Canada for a friend's

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wedding last week. She missed out on a couple of racing opportunities

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but perhaps saved her best for last night. A good back-up performance

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from Hannah England after silver. She said she is looking for the

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consistency closer to the four- minute mark which she felt capable

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of that has not produced. You expect Hannah England to run

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again well today. Helen Clitheroe is experienced athlete, she knows

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her way around this distance. She has been consistent over the summer

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and will make them run for their money. She is taking on Hannah

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England. The British athletes are leaving the four Americans. So far,

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two results and the Americans have won both. This could beat Britain's

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first win in this match. Helen Clitheroe has decided it is for

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real and is testing them. Helen Clitheroe, in the lead, Hannah

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England behind. Jenny Meadows who insists she would be a good runner

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in the Mile has a chance to prove going that fast, I'm surprised at

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that they have opened up a gap like this. Gunner will be the one who

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will have the best chance of winning, if she is in this position

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medallist, and you can sense that she now has that confidence. That

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is what winning a medal does for you. Helen Clitheroe running

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strongly, she's determined to keep Jenny Meadows behind her. Looking

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over her shoulder, but they're within the last 440 yards. Pallant

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has just drifted off the pack. It is between these two now. Helen

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Clitheroe looking behind, deciding to make her move. She's having a go

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now. Hannah England has not really started kicking yet. There's a

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right battle going on for third spot. Jenny Meadows going pretty

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well. So, victory assured for Great Britain. Hannah England stretching

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away, but Helen Clitheroe still pushing her. Just a couple of

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metres between them. Hannah England stretching out a bit, the world

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silver medallist, pulling away from her teammate. Helen Clitheroe will

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go again tomorrow in the Great North Run, as Brendan was saying.

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Hannah England likes this race. This is the third time she has come

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to Tyneside and won on the roads. It has been a superb year for her.

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What confidence that will give her for next year. She is great talent,

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has been for a while. She's finally beginning to realise that talent.

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Between these two, Helen Clitheroe stretches, but Hannah England

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response. She has to dig deep, because she ran hard last night.

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But the difference that medal makes shows here. She knows she can win

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this one. And she has got the talent as well. I would suggest

:32:39.:32:42.

that we are going to be excited about Hannah England running next

:32:42.:32:52.
:32:52.:32:52.

year in the Olympic games in London over 1,500m. Jenny Meadows finishes

:32:52.:33:00.

in fourth. There's the talent and the application. Hannah England

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finishing off a great couple of weeks. She really is in great form

:33:04.:33:09.

now. She wins this race for the third time. A good performance by

:33:09.:33:16.

heaven Clitheroe, and she will be happy with that. A really good run,

:33:16.:33:20.

and a busy weekend for Hannah England. It will be busy for Helen

:33:20.:33:30.
:33:30.:33:30.

Clitheroe as well. The winning time, 4:39. Not super-fast, but that

:33:30.:33:38.

doesn't matter. I think our winner, Hannah England, is now with

:33:38.:33:44.

Jonathan, and Jenny Meadows as well. Jonathan, and Jenny Meadows as well.

:33:44.:33:45.

That's right. Hannah England, Brendan said in commentary the

:33:45.:33:49.

difference that a medal makes, try to sum it up, what difference it

:33:49.:33:55.

has made to you. It is just really fun. Even warming up, people were

:33:55.:33:59.

still saying congratulations. It is just such a nice thing to have.

:34:00.:34:05.

Honestly, did you think you could win a medal going into Daegu?

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thought maybe if the race went absolutely perfectly. But it did

:34:09.:34:13.

not hold me back, I still ran with the most confident I could.

:34:13.:34:18.

have had a busy time since coming back from Daegu. Yes, I went to

:34:18.:34:21.

Canada to be bridesmaid for my friend, the now based in Brussels

:34:21.:34:26.

last night. But this is the third year in a row that I have won this

:34:26.:34:31.

race. Sometimes in your career, you suddenly think, maybe I can achieve

:34:31.:34:35.

more than I have never achieved before. How do you assess your

:34:35.:34:39.

situation going into the winter? know I'm doing the right thing. I

:34:39.:34:44.

have got confidence, I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing.

:34:44.:34:47.

Hopefully I will get into that Olympic final in the best shape

:34:47.:34:53.

possible. Jenny Meadows, just to bring you in. Obviously, a very

:34:53.:34:58.

different experience in Daegu for you - what do you look back on,

:34:58.:35:04.

what do you make of it? The 800m this year was a very, very strong

:35:04.:35:08.

event. Obviously, I was hoping to get a medal in the championships,

:35:08.:35:11.

so not to make the final was a massive disappointment. It is easy

:35:11.:35:15.

to make rash decisions and think, it is back to the drawing board.

:35:15.:35:19.

But in reality I don't think I did much wrong. Just a couple of

:35:19.:35:23.

changes, just to make that 1% difference. I need a bit of a

:35:23.:35:29.

bigger buffer zone to make for a qualify for the semi-finals.

:35:29.:35:34.

Running 1:59, like I did, who are still a world-class time, but you

:35:34.:35:38.

need to be running 1:57 consistently, to give yourself that

:35:38.:35:42.

buffer. Today was the first part of the plan to helping me improve next

:35:42.:35:49.

year. My coach thinks I need a bit more strength. I'm sure this 1 Mile

:35:49.:35:55.

Robles gave me that today! Maybe I will do some indoors, to a couple

:35:55.:36:00.

of 1,500s, take the emphasis off running fast all the year round,

:36:00.:36:05.

making sure I peak for the Championship. Well done to both of

:36:05.:36:09.

you. We are going to go over to the other side of the River Tyne now.

:36:09.:36:15.

Over to Phil Jones. Thanks. I'm here with world

:36:15.:36:18.

champion, yet again, Dwight Phillips, getting ready for the

:36:18.:36:23.

long jump. I wonder what you think of the set up here? It is

:36:23.:36:27.

definitely a great set-up. It is a great atmosphere, to bring

:36:27.:36:32.

athletics to the street. The casual fans, we can gain more fans from it,

:36:32.:36:37.

so it is great. What about this raised have run up, and how that

:36:37.:36:43.

affects you. It is cool, it is not quite long enough for my approach,

:36:43.:36:49.

but I'm going to give it a go. what about the prospects of this

:36:49.:36:54.

being seen in the big cities in the United States? It would be great to

:36:54.:36:58.

bring this format to the United States. Athletics is one of the

:36:58.:37:01.

biggest sports there, running is one of the biggest sports, and this

:37:01.:37:06.

would gain a lot of momentum for our spot in the USA. It is great to

:37:06.:37:12.

see you being a part of it here. Well done again on the world title.

:37:12.:37:16.

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. one world champion to another, next

:37:16.:37:20.

up, it is Mo Farah. He has been on Tyneside for a couple of days doing

:37:20.:37:28.

some promotional work. Phil Jones caught up with him.

:37:28.:37:32.

If somebody said to me, you will be world champion, I would definitely

:37:32.:37:35.

take that. To come away with gold and silver, it is absolutely

:37:35.:37:39.

amazing. It is what an athlete's athletics career is all about,

:37:39.:37:44.

getting as many medals as you can. It is very exciting moving towards

:37:44.:37:48.

2012. I have got to keep doing what I do, not getting carried away by

:37:48.:37:53.

anything. We always thought you had the talent but maybe not the belief.

:37:53.:37:58.

In the past we talked and you said, I hope I can do that. But that has

:37:58.:38:03.

all changed, you are the man. I am putting that behind me. As an

:38:03.:38:07.

athlete, you have got to be confident. I am a lot more

:38:07.:38:13.

confident. I have had a great year. I am happy how it has gone. But it

:38:13.:38:19.

is all about 2012, so just, keep training, keep injury-free. But

:38:19.:38:24.

confidence has made a big difference. As for being back home

:38:24.:38:28.

now, this is your official competitive homecoming this weekend

:38:28.:38:37.

- how are you looking forward to taking part here, in the 2 Mile?

:38:37.:38:41.

am really looking forward to it, I have always competed here, this is

:38:41.:38:47.

going to be my fifth but also this will be my last race, so it will be

:38:47.:38:51.

nice to get it out of the way, hopefully end on a high, and then

:38:51.:38:54.

enjoy my time off. You will get another fantastic reception from

:38:54.:39:01.

the crowd, no doubt. They have been fantastic all year. Yes, there's a

:39:01.:39:05.

lot of guys out there and some supporting. Here, anybody can come

:39:05.:39:11.

along and support. They do not need tickets, it is great. It will be a

:39:11.:39:18.

nice battle for us with the USA. STEVE CRAM: What a year it has been

:39:18.:39:23.

so far for Mo Farah. Can he rounded off in style here on Tyneside? He's

:39:23.:39:27.

the man they have really come to see, I think. This 2 Mile event

:39:27.:39:36.

starts on our side of the river, just up from us, just down by The

:39:36.:39:44.

Sage. In this sort of company, for Mo Farah, the two miles should not

:39:44.:39:49.

be any problem whatsoever. But he has been a bit tired these last

:39:49.:39:52.

couple of weeks, because of the fact that he is the world champion,

:39:52.:39:56.

which brings with it a whole host of interview requests, people

:39:57.:40:03.

wanting to spend time with him, TV shows, radio shows, etc. He's

:40:03.:40:09.

polishing his sunglasses now. BRENDAN FOSTER: He is polishing his

:40:09.:40:12.

sunglasses. You always have to do that when you come to Tyneside,

:40:12.:40:21.

Steve! Well, we have not quite seen the sun yet, not quite, anyway.

:40:21.:40:31.
:40:31.:40:35.

None of those names, with all due respect, would-be athletes to

:40:35.:40:40.

frighten Mo Farah. But I'm sure they will be enjoying the

:40:41.:40:47.

opportunity to run against Mo. Maybe afterwards we will be able to

:40:47.:40:52.

get his thoughts on Kenenisa Bekele last night, mind you! Brendan and

:40:53.:40:56.

myself and have no the whole of Great Britain have been waiting a

:40:56.:41:01.

long time for what we saw this summer. Last summer was great, but

:41:01.:41:07.

this summer has been, well, almost unbelievable. The world best time

:41:07.:41:11.

in the 10,000m at the beginning of the summer. That set the tongues

:41:11.:41:15.

wagging, could he win the World Championships? He went brilliantly

:41:15.:41:21.

in Monaco over 5,000m. Then the question was, how will he go in the

:41:21.:41:28.

double? Brilliant race in the 10,000, just losing out, but then

:41:28.:41:32.

coming back in fantastic style to take the gold medal in the final of

:41:32.:41:42.
:41:42.:41:57.

much you will have enjoyed, as much as anybody else, the performances

:41:57.:42:01.

are macro on the track this year, but particularly the fact that he

:42:01.:42:04.

turned it into a world title in the end. Everyone was saying it was

:42:04.:42:12.

going to be difficult. Yes, and I thought he had a great chance in

:42:12.:42:18.

the 10,000m. He beat many big names in that. But unfortunately, he

:42:19.:42:22.

found a young Ethiopian who was faster than him on the last lap

:42:22.:42:27.

that day. But the thing for me was the way he came back and recovered

:42:27.:42:34.

from that 10,000m. He has got a fantastic team around him. I marvel

:42:34.:42:38.

at what they did and how he came back. He was even better when he

:42:38.:42:43.

came back a couple of days later in the 5,000m, then he had been in the

:42:43.:42:47.

10,000m. It was a real pleasure to watch a British athlete winning a

:42:47.:42:51.

world title. Mo Farah has been promising a lot. He has had a long

:42:51.:42:57.

journey, starting from the time when his schoolmaster found him out

:42:57.:43:01.

at Feltham Community College, and then helped him along. And then

:43:01.:43:11.
:43:11.:43:15.

Alan Storey, then UK Athletics took over. At the end of the day, he's

:43:15.:43:19.

so excited about next year. He was here yesterday, he could not

:43:19.:43:23.

believe how many people, including the athletes, came to was for his

:43:23.:43:27.

autograph. Jo Pavey came and asked for his autograph and he thought

:43:27.:43:32.

she was joking. She said, no, I'm not. He would not give her his

:43:32.:43:36.

autograph, by the way! STEVE CRAM: The other thing is how

:43:36.:43:40.

much of a journey he has been on, as a person. He was an exuberant

:43:40.:43:43.

character as a youngster. He will admit that he was not always as

:43:43.:43:48.

focused as he might be. In the last to or three years, he has been a

:43:48.:43:56.

very, very good athlete for six or seven years, he should have one the

:43:56.:44:01.

European Championships back in 2006, but he's a different person now.

:44:01.:44:06.

has got so much confidence now. I remember as a kid, we were

:44:06.:44:09.

commentating on the world cross- country in Ostend, and he was one

:44:09.:44:15.

of the favourites, and he finished 17th. He came and knocked on the

:44:15.:44:19.

door of the commentary box, when we were commentating on Paula

:44:19.:44:24.

Radcliffe. He said, I have just finished 17th, do you want to

:44:24.:44:30.

interview me? That is why a lot of the athletes love Mo, because he

:44:30.:44:40.
:44:40.:44:56.

has been a character in the team Farah enjoying the chance to run in

:44:56.:45:05.

front of a British crowd. He is going to Somalia to visit relatives

:45:06.:45:12.

after this. A bit of a break before back into heavy training for next

:45:12.:45:17.

year. A couple of weeks off, he said he was overawed by the

:45:17.:45:27.
:45:27.:45:27.

reaction. He said he went to Arsenal and in the changing an area,

:45:28.:45:33.

someone asked for his autograph. He is a modest young man, personable

:45:33.:45:37.

and such a talent over the years. We have been waiting for this to

:45:37.:45:41.

happen, it has happened better than we dreamed. It could not happen to

:45:41.:45:51.
:45:51.:46:02.

a nicer guy. He is getting used to enjoying the crowd cheering him on.

:46:02.:46:07.

They are coming up to the mile.. Then, they would take off from

:46:07.:46:12.

there. Andy Vernon are struggling a little bit. He is another world

:46:12.:46:20.

champion, he won the World Student Games in the summer. He has had a

:46:20.:46:25.

good summer. A personal best over 5,000 metres. Getting tails of a

:46:25.:46:35.

little bit. This is the second time over the Millennium Bridge. They

:46:35.:46:41.

really are being stretched out now. Mo Farah, no problem for him. But,

:46:41.:46:51.
:46:51.:47:02.

the others... JJ Jegede and Jeff Mo Farah, he is having a gay which

:47:02.:47:09.

is good to see. When you get an athlete at the top of his form, you

:47:09.:47:12.

know he has been moving around the celebrity circuit but he has been

:47:12.:47:16.

training as well. You know he will be on the down after World

:47:17.:47:20.

Championships. If you are a distance runner, you want to take a

:47:20.:47:30.
:47:30.:47:33.

chance. Ryan is stretching Mo Farah. -- Brian Olinger. The crowd will be

:47:33.:47:43.
:47:43.:47:53.

the past. We have seen in here on good days and bad days. Today, he

:47:53.:47:59.

is happy to enjoy it. Turning under the Tyne Bridge, they will swing

:47:59.:48:07.

round to come across the swing bridge. The athletes swinging

:48:07.:48:11.

across there and Mo Farah is now in the position he wants to beat. We

:48:11.:48:16.

know how fast he is at the finish. He is definitely going to make this

:48:16.:48:20.

a big occasion by producing a sprint finish. He is being

:48:20.:48:26.

stretched, he is probably hurting a bit. Distance running does hurt. He

:48:26.:48:32.

has not used his sunglasses yet! He is moving into overdrive. It has

:48:32.:48:42.
:48:42.:48:59.

been a good effort from Brian screen and the cry went up when Mo

:48:59.:49:04.

Farah hit the front. He is not too far away, working hard. Glancing

:49:05.:49:13.

over his shoulder. A quarter of a mile to go. When he gets within our

:49:13.:49:17.

side, you will hear a big roar from the crowd. It will be a pleasure to

:49:17.:49:23.

welcome home the gold-medallist from the World Championships. Mo

:49:23.:49:29.

Farah, European it double winner. Silver in 10,000 metres. Gold in

:49:29.:49:37.

5,000 metres. It is a pleasure to reel off those titles. Now, he is

:49:37.:49:43.

in his glory days. You do not get many of these in your career, let's

:49:43.:49:49.

hope the purple patch last for a few more years. Mo Farah, easing

:49:49.:49:57.

his way to victory. He has won on three occasions. It will be a

:49:57.:50:04.

fairly comfortable fourth victory. Not exactly unexpected. Jeff See

:50:04.:50:12.

takes third spot at the moment. A little look behind. He blows kisses

:50:12.:50:18.

and waste to the crowd. What a wonderful reception. Great

:50:18.:50:28.
:50:28.:50:36.

Britain's world champion coming place. J C taking third. -- Brian

:50:36.:50:46.

Olinger in second, Jeff See taking third. Mo Farah can put his feet up

:50:46.:50:54.

for a while. He has been enjoying some of the plaudits. A little bit

:50:54.:50:58.

more attention and celebration for him over the next few months. Then,

:50:58.:51:04.

back to hard work and looking forward to summer next year. We

:51:04.:51:11.

will be hoping he can reproduce this form. He will not be blowing

:51:11.:51:16.

kisses in London 2012 but fantastic if he did! We want to know he is

:51:16.:51:23.

back and ready and on great form. He has renewed confidence as world

:51:23.:51:33.
:51:33.:51:41.

champion. A little wave from the medallists, the 5,000-metre

:51:41.:51:51.
:51:51.:51:54.

champion wins the two mile race. Another victory today, but slightly

:51:54.:51:59.

different for you today. I wanted to come back home, I love Newcastle.

:51:59.:52:07.

A great crowd here. You need a break and deserve it! What does the

:52:07.:52:14.

next few weeks hold? A break and then slowly start the season slowly.

:52:14.:52:19.

A how good he does your mind turn to next year? Definitely, you have

:52:19.:52:27.

to forget about it and focus and 2012. It is a big year. I have to

:52:27.:52:31.

stay positive and do what I'm doing. How are you enjoying the attention,

:52:31.:52:36.

I noticed the swirl of attention? Yes, nice to see so many people

:52:36.:52:41.

giving the support. I really appreciate the support.

:52:41.:52:51.
:52:51.:52:54.

appreciate you being here. Thank Well done to him. If they

:52:54.:53:04.
:53:04.:53:11.

comfortable run. Brian Olinger had There were a few star turns last

:53:11.:53:15.

night in Brussels in the sprint. 100 metres and 200 metres, we start

:53:16.:53:20.

with the 100. Usain Bolt world's leading time. Struggling a little

:53:20.:53:28.

bit. Yes, he has been struggling all year, his start has not been

:53:28.:53:34.

explosive. Usain Bolt is critical of his own performances. He looks

:53:34.:53:41.

seriously at what he is doing. He struggled out of the blocks. We

:53:41.:53:46.

know he is tall and rangy but he takes time to get into his running.

:53:46.:53:56.
:53:56.:53:58.

He was up against someone he knows knows the first three or four

:53:58.:54:03.

strides of his 100 metres is a vital to take on his training

:54:03.:54:13.
:54:13.:54:13.

partner. 9.76 was what he was chasing. He was eclipsed. It is not

:54:13.:54:22.

often you say that about Usain Bolt. Blake, 1926. The Usain Bolt told

:54:22.:54:28.

him how to run their race. speed at which he finishes over the

:54:28.:54:37.

last 50 metres is incredible. This guy looked like he could carry on.

:54:37.:54:42.

Everyone after Usain Bolt said it was down to his village large --

:54:42.:54:47.

physiological make-up. Blake has thrown it into the dustbin and said

:54:47.:54:53.

I don't care. I can train and run serious times. Let's look forward

:54:53.:54:59.

to next year. Tyson Gay will be coming back and the Jamaicans. We

:54:59.:55:07.

could see a final with four guys going under 1905. And he could have

:55:07.:55:17.
:55:17.:55:17.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 43 seconds

:55:17.:56:40.

beaten the world record, amazing to go back to the top of the

:56:40.:56:47.

leaderboard. This is a team event as well. Reasonable conditions

:56:47.:56:57.
:56:57.:56:57.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 43 seconds

:56:57.:57:45.

to the season for Harry. He goes back to preparing for the Olympic

:57:45.:57:51.

selection next year. Maximum points for Great Britain. They will lead

:57:51.:57:57.

the United States in the team match, 3-2 at this moment in time. The

:57:57.:58:04.

crowd having a brilliant time. They are watching on the giant screens

:58:04.:58:12.

as well. A good run considering some of us had the luxury of a

:58:12.:58:17.

9:30am flight from Brussels. He had to get up at 5:00am to go via

:58:17.:58:24.

Amsterdam. A long route. A good performance, to be honest. A

:58:24.:58:29.

following wind. Christian working hard to stay with him. The

:58:29.:58:34.

sprinters were disappointing in Daegu generally speaking. A good

:58:34.:58:44.
:58:44.:58:51.

A new lifetime best for Jeff Porter. The first and second-placed

:58:51.:58:58.

athletes are with Phil Jones now. A bit of friendly rivalry there?

:58:58.:59:04.

course, we like to beat each other. I'm odd enough to talk for myself

:59:04.:59:10.

now. I can give him a bit of stick. Don't pick on me, I am the old guy.

:59:10.:59:15.

It cannot last the whole season. How did you think you performed?

:59:15.:59:19.

was all right. I ran in Brussels yesterday, so, really happy to get

:59:19.:59:24.

off the plane and have some fun here. Once again, it goes to show

:59:24.:59:29.

what kind of event this is. When you look around you, it is amazing.

:59:29.:59:34.

It brings a different dimension to athletics. You have been around a

:59:34.:59:44.
:59:44.:59:44.

long time, and this is the best crowd we have seen down here. I'm

:59:44.:59:48.

sorry! This is the best crowd we have seem a here, you must think

:59:48.:59:54.

this will just grow and grow? is amazing. I came here when it

:59:54.:00:01.

first started, and it has come on leaps and bounds. This would be

:00:01.:00:06.

perfect in Cardiff. Cardiff council, if you're listening, we have got to

:00:06.:00:13.

have this event. This is a fantastic competition, and a but a

:00:14.:00:23.
:00:24.:00:44.

4.27. Becky Holliday drives that Barre in. Yes. It was Holly

:00:44.:00:53.

Bleasdale who had the advantage at 4.12, but now it is Becky Holliday,

:00:53.:00:59.

at 4.27. Absolutely superb, by the American former gymnast. She took

:00:59.:01:03.

up pole vaulting after she finished her gymnastics career. She had been

:01:03.:01:09.

very successful at gymnastics. She changed at the age of 16. She's 31

:01:09.:01:14.

now, and in the best form of her life. She has done for 0.60 this

:01:14.:01:24.
:01:24.:01:34.

make sure she gets this height. Becky Holliday has got the

:01:34.:01:42.

advantage at the moment. A little bit of wind... Very powerful runner.

:01:42.:01:47.

Close, but not close enough. So, the American Becky Holliday

:01:47.:01:57.
:01:57.:01:58.

definitely has the advantage. STEVE CRAM: now, we go all the way

:01:58.:02:04.

to the top of the track for the 150m, and we have a stellar field

:02:04.:02:09.

in this women's race. We will be seeing the world 100m champion, so

:02:09.:02:18.

here. She was also performing in Brussels last night. We would like

:02:18.:02:23.

to see our British sprinters doing a bit better on the world level,

:02:23.:02:26.

but the American sprinters have had a really, really good season.

:02:26.:02:31.

Carmelita Jeter finally getting that world title. She has wanted it,

:02:31.:02:36.

but it has been denied by various people over the last three or four

:02:36.:02:42.

years. She has been Supreme for most of this season. 10.76 last

:02:42.:02:46.

night. Colin was saying that might even have been her best run of the

:02:46.:02:54.

year. So, a tough task for Britain's best here. Aniyka Onuora

:02:54.:03:00.

certainly came away from Daegu with her head held high. Abi Oyepitan,

:03:00.:03:10.
:03:10.:03:23.

and Dawn Harper, who we saw early pretty well, got to the semi-final

:03:23.:03:30.

in Daegu, about as good as would have been expected for her.

:03:30.:03:35.

Carmelita Jeter, second in the 200m, but the gold medal in the 100m,

:03:35.:03:40.

which was what she really wanted, and of course gold in the relay.

:03:40.:03:44.

She had another battle last night against Veronica Campbell-Brown.

:03:44.:03:48.

But she was so strong in the latter part of the race. Abi Oyepitan,

:03:48.:03:52.

still really on the comeback trail. She has not quite moved on this

:03:52.:03:56.

summer, which might be a bit of a disappointment for her. But it is

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good to see her here. And Dawn Harper, for the second time, full

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of smiles. She will not be able to hang on to as a here, I would not

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think, unless Carmelita Jeter is very, very tired. She was on our

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flight, and looked a little Felipe, but why not? I'm sure she will be

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:04:31.:04:32.

wide awake year. The world best for a straight 150m, set in Manchester

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a couple of years ago, set by Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, could

:04:36.:04:46.
:04:46.:04:54.

the moment. Carmelita Jeter has got some work to do. But now, Carmelita

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Jeter turns it up a couple of years, and moves ahead of the rest. Aniyka

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Onuora gets second. 16.51, which would technically be a world best

:05:06.:05:11.

for a straight 150m. I think the wind reading was OK, just looking

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around for confirmation. Yes, it is. It looked to me as if she only

:05:18.:05:25.

really got going with 70 metres to go. She suddenly realised she had

:05:25.:05:30.

better get a move on. I think when Phil Jones talked to her, she might

:05:30.:05:35.

confirm that she really did take it easy out of the blocks. On the far

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side, Aniyka Onuora, and Abi Oyepitan, both of them ahead. But

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then the class of Carmelita Jeter showed. She always looks relaxed.

:05:47.:05:52.

16.50, the time has been confirmed. If ever you want to take up

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sprinting, this is the way to do it. Carmelita Jeter, world champion and

:06:00.:06:05.

one of the big favourites for an a Olympic title. We can find out just

:06:05.:06:15.
:06:15.:06:18.

how easy it was, or how difficult, how easy it was, or how difficult,

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with Phil Jones. We have just been watching the race

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back. What did you think? I have never run a 150 before. It was

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definitely different. I'm excited to be here. I heard you only just

:06:40.:06:44.

flew in this morning? Yes, I flew in about three hours ago from

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Boston. How did you get your body right for the race? I tried to get

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as much rest as possible last night. I'm really just running off

:06:57.:07:00.

adrenalin right now. Good an exhausted but I wanted to be part

:07:00.:07:04.

of this. Now, is it time for reflection on what you have

:07:04.:07:08.

achieved this year? I will go home and sit down and reflect on

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everything. You have done us proud throughout the year, racing in

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Britain. Yet another victory today, and we look forward to 2012.

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definitely looking forward to to the under 12 as well. Thank you so

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much for having me. -- looking forward to 2012.

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STEVE CRAM: It is a long season for the Americans. They have their

:07:37.:07:40.

collegiate trials at the beginning of the season. She has done really

:07:40.:07:50.
:07:50.:07:59.

well to maintain high standards we have the long jump, and a

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beautiful amphitheatre for everybody to enjoy it. This is

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Jeremy Hicks of the United States. Good take-off, sales through the

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air. This gives the spectators an absolutely Birds Eye view of just

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:08:31.:08:39.

how fast these guys run. 7.84, good start for the American, Jeremy

:08:39.:08:49.

Hicks. We have seen the women over 150m, and now we are going to see

:08:49.:08:53.

the men over the same distance. I think one of the most unlucky men

:08:53.:08:57.

in world athletics at the minute would have to be Walter Dix. Double

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Olympic sprint bronze medallist, double world champion, but got

:09:01.:09:06.

absolutely thrashed last night by the world 100m champion, Yohan

:09:06.:09:16.
:09:16.:09:36.

in Zurich. Walter Dix, ran the fourth fastest time in history for

:09:36.:09:40.

the 200m last night, but got beaten by a couple of metres by Yohan

:09:40.:09:46.

Blake. It will be very interesting to see how fast he can go. Marlon

:09:46.:09:50.

Devonish, 35 years old now, difficult to believe. He has been

:09:50.:09:55.

around for such a long time. The British record-holder for this

:09:55.:10:01.

distance, 14.88. And finally, another very fine the Prime

:10:01.:10:05.

Minister from the USA, Maurice Mitchell. The US Collegiate

:10:05.:10:14.

Champion over 200m this year. Even in the World Championships, in the

:10:14.:10:19.

heats, and also in the relay. But of course, the USA did not fit in

:10:19.:10:24.

that dramatic final, in the 4x100, so they did not get a medal. But an

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intriguing line-up. The experience of Marlon Devonish, and Walter Dix,

:10:31.:10:37.

one of the fastest combination sprinters, over 100m and 200m, the

:10:37.:10:45.

world has ever seen. The world record, 14.35, by Usain Bolt in

:10:46.:10:52.

2009. Marlon Devonish gets away well. Walter Dix has got work to do.

:10:52.:10:55.

Maurice Mitchell on this side going well. But here comes the class of

:10:56.:11:05.
:11:06.:11:07.

Walter Dix of the USA. Absolutely flying. 14.65, unofficially. That

:11:07.:11:13.

could well be the third fastest time in history. I'm sure, like

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Carmelita Jeter, following an early flight this morning, a bit shorter

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than Jeter, because he only had to come from Brussels, but nonetheless,

:11:28.:11:33.

he was looking sharp. STEVE CRAM: I think he's still in

:11:33.:11:38.

shock from that race last night. The's capable of running faster

:11:38.:11:41.

than he did here today, but nonetheless it was a good run.

:11:41.:11:46.

Marlon Devonish will not be far off his best ever. In fact I think he

:11:46.:11:54.

may have just nicked a hundredth off his British best. Walter Dix,

:11:54.:11:58.

now the fourth fastest man ever at 200m, but he was still a long way

:11:58.:12:02.

200m, but he was still a long way from winning yesterday. Over to

:12:02.:12:09.

Phil Jones. Walter Dix, first of all,

:12:09.:12:12.

congratulations on that amazing performance last night. Now, you

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have had time to reflect on it, what did you think of it? It's

:12:18.:12:21.

definitely going in the right direction with my training,

:12:21.:12:25.

progress for 2012. I found some flaws in my race last night, which

:12:25.:12:34.

will set me up perfectly for next year. It gives me a great sense of

:12:34.:12:41.

achievement, a great sense of motivation. Marlon Devonish, if we

:12:41.:12:46.

can bring you in, as a great athlete through the years, what was

:12:46.:12:51.

your take on what happened last night, Yohan Blake decimating his

:12:51.:12:55.

personal best? Absolutely phenomenal. I watched it, and I

:12:55.:13:01.

thought, oh, man, I'm up against Walter Dix tomorrow! Absolutely

:13:01.:13:05.

amazing. I do not mind getting beaten by somebody who can run that

:13:05.:13:10.

quick. I was in the mix for a while, but... Has for this particular race,

:13:10.:13:13.

what is your take on what it is doing for athletics in this

:13:13.:13:17.

country? It is great, it is important to have a different angle

:13:17.:13:24.

on athletics. You have got the track, you have got cross country,

:13:24.:13:30.

but this is a nice new angle. You can see, it is a massive crowd.

:13:30.:13:36.

They get to feel the essence of how quick we are running. Yes, coming

:13:36.:13:39.

through the last 50, I could feel the crowd starting to lift me

:13:39.:13:44.

through, because I was starting to feel tired. It definitely helped me.

:13:44.:13:54.
:13:54.:13:58.

Back on the north side of the River Tyne, we can go back to the long

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jump now. This is the fifth longest jumper in history, Dwight Phillips

:14:01.:14:06.

of the USA. But he has been having some problems with his run-up. He

:14:06.:14:10.

has done a lot of fouls. He stuttered into that one as well. I

:14:10.:14:15.

hope he is not injured. He's looking a little bit out of sorts.

:14:15.:14:25.
:14:25.:14:26.

It has been a busy season. This event who are still being led by

:14:26.:14:33.

his teammate, Jeremy Hicks. But unfortunately is another foul for

:14:33.:14:43.
:14:43.:14:43.

We have been discussing, different surface for the athletes, they are

:14:43.:14:49.

used to running on algal services but here it is like indoors. Yes,

:14:49.:14:54.

and she can take more speed. For Dwight Phillips, he hits the board

:14:54.:15:01.

with such speed. The timing has to be perfect. He is coming off a

:15:01.:15:10.

surprise world championship win. We thought he was injured as well, he

:15:10.:15:15.

was fantastic. He is probably a little bit flat. One event left to

:15:15.:15:23.

go. The trophy has already gone to America. It wasn't like last year

:15:23.:15:32.

when Andy Turner won a to beat Australia. He has had a good year.

:15:32.:15:38.

His last 18 months have been a sensational, as far as I'm

:15:38.:15:43.

concerned he can sit back and say he has done well and let's prepare

:15:43.:15:51.

for 2012. To deliver again a great performance. Like lots of athletes

:15:51.:15:57.

here, an interesting journey to get in Gateshead.

:15:57.:16:04.

It has been quite a journey for you. Yes, I raced in Slovakia last night.

:16:04.:16:10.

I have to get up at 1:40am to get a bus to Vienna airport, a flight to

:16:11.:16:17.

Brussels and from Brussels to here. A baggage trolley crashed into the

:16:17.:16:21.

plane so we were delayed in Brussels. It has been a long trip!

:16:21.:16:28.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be worth it. These particular events have

:16:28.:16:33.

been did you over the years. Some great success. Yes, I seem to run

:16:33.:16:40.

well at these events. It is nice to take athletics out on the street to

:16:40.:16:44.

a completely new crowd here do not necessarily know everything about

:16:44.:16:50.

athletics. They just see how fast people can run and high how -- how

:16:50.:16:56.

high the hurdles of. It is nice to be so close to them. It gives you

:16:56.:17:05.

extra... It makes me run faster. I love it! Tomorrow will be

:17:05.:17:15.
:17:15.:17:19.

A great year for Andy Turner and also for the eventual world

:17:19.:17:27.

championship, Jason Richardson. it was impressive to see him. We

:17:27.:17:30.

recognised he was a consistent hurdler which will be the most

:17:30.:17:35.

important thing when people are under pressure. His coach John

:17:35.:17:41.

Smith has had many 110 metres hurdlers and I am surprised he did

:17:41.:17:46.

not have a world champion until this man. He has worked hard and

:17:46.:17:53.

produced a good hurdler. He will be quite a threat next year in 2012.

:17:53.:17:57.

Steve Cram would describe the race for us but first confirmation of

:17:57.:18:07.
:18:07.:18:13.

As far as the 150 metres was concern, the third fastest time

:18:13.:18:20.

ever for Walter Dix. As he said, in great shape to go back to the USA

:18:20.:18:30.

to train. Marlon Devonish in second place. Maurice Mitchell in third.

:18:30.:18:35.

Nothing we can do about the American victory, we have saved the

:18:35.:18:41.

best quality race to the end. William Sharman, David Oliver, Andy

:18:41.:18:50.

Turner and Jason Richardson. A good line-up. Sharman, a decent

:18:50.:18:56.

performance in Daegu overlooked by Andy Turner's medal. And building

:18:56.:19:01.

on his Commonwealth silver from last year. I know he is still not

:19:01.:19:07.

happy with where he is at. He is setting high standards for himself.

:19:07.:19:14.

A bit of a way to go to get close to the medals. What has gone wrong

:19:14.:19:19.

with David Oliver? Superb in first half of the season, looking out of

:19:19.:19:29.
:19:29.:19:47.

well, he has not been bragging. He said he does not like to brag. The

:19:47.:19:53.

high hurdles of full of dramas. This man, Jason Richardson, is the

:19:53.:20:02.

world champion. He had a good run in Zurich and Zagreb. Maintaining

:20:02.:20:12.
:20:12.:20:21.

his form. He will be wanting to Tennant and -- Andy Turner and Will

:20:21.:20:31.
:20:31.:20:59.

close view of the precision came out of the block before they

:20:59.:21:05.

went off. A good view of it from behind them. Let's see what the

:21:05.:21:10.

Marks & Spencer's. Although was slowed. Aquarius. Not even rising

:21:10.:21:20.
:21:20.:21:20.

yet. As he comes up, watch and he turn his back foot. The back for it

:21:20.:21:27.

is what has triggered the false start. -- what is the starter

:21:27.:21:35.

marksman going to say? A green card. Interesting. It is a bit of fun as

:21:35.:21:41.

well. Maybe some leeway allowed by the starters marksman. I think all

:21:41.:21:51.
:21:51.:22:06.

of the was slow to rise. -- all that the rules are that a false

:22:06.:22:13.

start, immediate disqualification normally. It is up to the

:22:13.:22:23.
:22:23.:22:50.

clipping some of the hurdles. He has been suffering with a sore

:22:50.:22:57.

Achilles. Richardson, if you said at the start of the season, he

:22:57.:23:02.

would be able to win it dominantly over David Oliver he would have

:23:02.:23:05.

looked at you with surprise. He really has developed as the year

:23:05.:23:10.

has gone on. And certainly vindicating the title of the

:23:10.:23:20.
:23:20.:23:20.

world's best here today. Absolutely. 13.16, that would

:23:20.:23:26.

surprise the American. Andy Turner had problems. David Oliver perhaps

:23:26.:23:33.

having one of his best races for while. That is a new City Games

:23:33.:23:43.
:23:43.:23:47.

record beating Andy Turner last Jason, a fine victory. It is

:23:47.:23:53.

amazing, I love the idea. What a year you have had. Can you believe

:23:53.:23:58.

it? A great season, consistent season. This is another element to

:23:58.:24:07.

that. I could not ask for more. At this level, you lose the team

:24:07.:24:17.
:24:17.:24:17.

aspect. We you spread the word back then? Absolutely, Facebook and

:24:17.:24:27.
:24:27.:24:48.

Good to see him and another good There is the match score. USA

:24:48.:24:53.

taking the trophy with seven points. Alongside me we have the British

:24:53.:24:58.

captain and the world champion. You have enough trophies this year! A

:24:58.:25:03.

remarkable year, at the beginning we showed a video in Edinburgh in

:25:03.:25:06.

January in the freezing cold, could you have imagined he would be

:25:06.:25:11.

standing here having achieved what you have? Not at all. If you said

:25:11.:25:15.

to me after Edinburgh you can have one medal I would have settled for

:25:15.:25:20.

that but to come away with two, I am over the moon. How difficult was

:25:20.:25:27.

it coming back after the 10,000 metres, everybody said, you

:25:27.:25:33.

anticipated winning, how tough was it? Really tough. Well across the

:25:33.:25:40.

line, coming so close to gold, talking to my coach, going through

:25:40.:25:49.

things. I wanted it so badly. saw some fantastic sprinting but a

:25:49.:25:56.

great 10,000 metres. Bekele back on form. Did it affect you? The

:25:56.:26:01.

greatest distance runner the world has seen. How do feel? It was great

:26:01.:26:07.

to see some come back from injury, he is a great athlete. Watching the

:26:07.:26:13.

race I was surprised he ran the time. At the world's he could not

:26:13.:26:20.

finish it and was in good shape. It is unbelievable, the turn around. I

:26:20.:26:27.

was pleased with my training partner. I knew all along he could

:26:27.:26:34.

run close to what I run. I was so pleased about it. A fantastic year,

:26:34.:26:38.

stunning to watch you. Get voting for this man for Sports personality

:26:38.:26:43.

of the year. No trophy for my Ferrar, there goes to the Americans.

:26:43.:26:53.
:26:53.:26:56.

Dwight Phillips, a very good win for the Americans. It was an

:26:56.:27:01.

endorsement of the format. Yes, they have a thoroughly enjoyed

:27:01.:27:06.

themselves. For most, it's a new experience. They are happy to talk

:27:06.:27:11.

and congratulate the meeting. It has been a real positive think for

:27:11.:27:16.

the event. How much have you enjoyed it? As a punter, it's

:27:16.:27:25.

fantastic. To see these guys running, and Mo Farah, fantastic to

:27:25.:27:34.

be here. We are back on air tomorrow for the Great North Run.

:27:34.:27:40.

9:30am. Mo Farah will be starting in up. Something to look for two.

:27:40.:27:46.

Tens of thousands running as normal. Next weekend, Paula Radcliffe back

:27:46.:27:56.
:27:56.:28:02.

Following us next on BBC One, Rebecca Adlington featuring. And

:28:02.:28:12.
:28:12.:28:14.

after that, the triathlon from Beijing. Fantastic scenes on the

:28:14.:28:19.

quayside. The junior games are still going on, coverage of that

:28:19.:28:25.

Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the Great North City Games from the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside, as world-class athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland take on the USA. In 2010 the home nation recorded an exciting 5-4 victory over Australia when Andy Turner won the final event, the 110m hurdles. The competition promises to be just as tight this year.