by Brett Larner
photos by Tsukasa Kawarai
In a career teeming to overflow with double medals at the Olympics and World Championships and an unprecedented triple crown of Great North Run wins earned to varying degrees, Great Britain's Mo Farah staked the ultimate claim to the title of Greatest of All Time with the single most important victory of his career, a win at Saturday's Akasaka 5-Chome Mini Marathon.
Running on a hilly 900 m four-loop course around and through broadcaster TBS' Akasaka studios as part of its semi-annual All-Star Kanshasai variety show, Farah overcame a 5 minute, 55 second handicap start to run down a cavalcade of Japan's finest models and comedians for the win, catching the last trio led by entertainer Kenji Moriwaki on the final uphill run up to the studio.
【オールスター感謝祭 TBS】— NOBUKI T&F (@hagechabin123) October 8, 2016
Farah covered the 3.6 km course in roughly 13:40. His win was a shot across the bows of Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge and a message to them and to all other pretenders: anyone can win an Olympic gold medal or skim sub-2:03 territory in London or Berlin, but you haven't really made it until you're the king of Akasaka.
Caught a very entertaining TV show starring @Mo_Farah. It looked like a running race around the studio and he won #ukrunchat @JRNHeadlines pic.twitter.com/rlYowgbe9N— Hana H (@hanasuebanana) October 8, 2016
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