British athlete Andy Vernon has won the Bupa London 10,000 after a strong final three kilometres.
Vernon, who was only added to the field after Mo Farah pulled out of the event a few days before, stretched away from fellow Brit Chris Thompson at the 9km mark to take victory.
Thompson had initially added a burst of speed to the race, leaving the whole field, except Vernon, behind. But he was powerless when Vernon upped his pace, with the 28-year-old crossing the line in a time of 29:33, 15 seconds clear. Olympic marathon runner Scott Overall was third.
In the women´s race, Gemma Steel continued her fine start to the year by powering to victory.
The athlete, also 28 years old, was forced to miss the London Marathon through injury, but has otherwise impressed, and did so again, crossing the line in 32:53 to win by 42 seconds from Stevie Stockton and Tish Jones.
The event was also part of the British 10km Championships, meaning Vernon and Steel take the awards.
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