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Great South Run Results: men

13th October 2003:

High winds blowing relentlessly off the Solent ruined any hopes spectators would again see Sonia O'Sullivan break the World 10 miles record in Sunday's BUPA Great South Run.

The conditions restricted all 12,500 participants, whatever their pedigree.

Brushing aside a hamstring injury which prevented him joining in when the burn-up on the last lap of the World Half Marathon Championships began last weekend, John Yuda showed his class.

Breaking away from the field just before four miles, the Commonwealth 10000m bronze-medallist flew to victory in the very fast time of 46:35.

Only three other winners - and in much better weather - have gone faster than the Tanzanian's winning time in the previous 12 meetings, a testimony to Yuda's outstanding talent.

Favourite to match the winning performance of Paula Radcliffe in Vilamoura, last Saturday Yuda, said: "I was carrying an injury and just couldn't respond when it became a sprint for the line and finished fifth.

"Of course it is nice winning here in a good time in tough conditions. But obviously the World Half Marathon would have been a greater achievement."

Behind Yuda was Julius Kibet in 47:21, finishing well clear of fellow Kenyan and defending champion Simon Kasamili. The two-times winner of the GSR, clocked 48:16.

MEN'S RESULTS:

Results - BUPA Great South Run, 10 Miles, Portsmouth

J Yuda (Tanzania) 46:35, 2, J Kibet (Kenya) 47:21, 3, S Kasamili (Kenya) 48:16, 4, D Anderson (Belgrave Harriers) 48:33, 5, I Arusei (Kenya) 49:09, 6, H Lobb (Bedford & County) 49:16, 7, A Coleman (Unattached) 49:20, 8, S Haughian (Windsor) 49:33, 9, M Dent (Belgrave Harriers) 49:48, 10, A Morgan-Lee (Salford) 49:52, 11, L Rodrigues (New Forest Runners) 49:54, 12, B Royden (Medway & Maidstone AC) 50:30, 13, A Robinson (Newham&Essex Beagles) 50:54, 14, J Walsh (Leamington) 51:02, 15, S Newport (Blackheath) 51:22, 16, J Lawler (Bedford & County) 51:26, 17, M Coleman (Medway & Maidstone) 51:37, 18, M Hargreaves (Bournemouth AC) 52:46, 19, P Farmer (Luton AC) 53:03, 20, K Holland (Crawley AC) 53:23.

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