Gebrselassie tips hat to champ Farah


Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie admits he was wrong to cast doubt on Mo Farah’s credentials as a potential world-beater as the pair prepare to join Kenenisa Bekele in a fascinating battle in Sunday’s Great North Run.

The trio meet in a competitive environment for the first time in the 13-mile (21-km) race from Newcastle to South Shields in the north-east of England, and Gebrselassie confesses that Farah’s rise to global pre-eminence as the back-to-back Olympic and world champion at 5,000 and 10,000 meters has taken him by surprise.

“Nobody expected it,” Gebrselassie said. “You will remember a few years ago I said, ‘Mo, I know you are fantastic but the Ethiopians and Kenyans are too good.’

“But he did it. In sport, it’s like that. This is the good thing about sport.”