People Who Kick Buts: Paul Tergat
Ask yourself, can I give more? The answer is usually yes.
- Born on June 17, 1969 in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.
- A Kenyan professional long distance runner. He held the world record in the marathon from 2003 to 2007, with a time of 2:04:55, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time.
- Now concentrating exclusively on the marathon, Tergat won many titles and set several world records on the track, in cross country, and on the road. Nicknamed the “Gentleman,” Tergat is extremely hard-working and self-motivated.
He lives and trains in Ngong, near Nairobi.
- He attended Riwo Primary school and later joined Kapkawa Boys High School. Unlike many athletes, Tergat realized his talent after graduating high school.
- Tergat finished second in his first three marathons: London Marathon in 2001 and 2002 and Chicago Marathon in 2001.
- In the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon, Tergat missed his water point and drank water supplied by organizers. He is accustomed to drinking water at room temperature; the organizers supplied cold water, which gave Tergat cramps. He finished 10th.
- He was named by New York Road Runners as the recipient of the 2010 Abebe Bikila Award in recognition of his long-distance achievements, becoming the first Kenyan male winner. In his acceptance he said “The history of marathon running is incomplete without the solid and indelible mark of the late Abebe Bikila’s contribution, and I am so proud to be associated [with this]”.