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Hawkins denied home win as Farah flops

Mo Farah
Farah: disappointed (photo by Terry Murden)

Olympic champion disappoints

Hawkins: pipped on line (photo by Terry Murden)

Scottish runner Callum Hawkins came agonisingly close to becoming the first home winner of the Great Edinburgh Cross Country event.

The Kilbarchan-based athlete was beaten into second by US runner Leonard Korir who managed to pass the Scot in the final few yards.

Two-time double Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah, who was second last year, never got into his stride, finishing a long way back seventh, 46 seconds behind the winner.

Hawkins, 24, led from the start and looked a certain winner until Kenyan-born Korir passed him in a sprint finish to win in a time of 24 minutes three seconds.

Last year’s winner Garrett Heath of the US finished one place ahead of Farah.

Turkey’s Yasemin Can, representing Europe, won the women’s race, while Britain’s Harriet Knowles-Jones claimed the junior women’s title.

Laura Muir anchored Britain to victory in the 4x1km mixed relay.

The team event was won by the US, with Europe second and Great Britain third.

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