Posted by: Joe English | June 12, 2008

Racing: Paul Tergat to run New York City Marathon in November

The publication Afriquenligne is reporting that former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat is planning to run in the New York City Marathon in November. This would be Tergat’s first marathon since the 2007 London Marathon, in which he placed sixth.

The 39-year-old, two-time, Olympic 10,000M silver medallist and five-time World Cross Country champion is a member of the Kenyan Armed forces and has been serving in the Air force.

“I am feeling good because I have completed all my local and international assignments and I am now focusing on serious training and competition. I do have a number of races lined up, but the climax will be New York in November,” Tergat said.

Tergat has pulled out of August’s Beijing Olympic Games, due to lack of preparation time. He also skipped last year’s Fukuoka marathon and this year’s London marathon due to scheduling issues.

Tergat set the marathon world record in Berlin, running 2:04:55 in 2003. His record was esclipsed by Haile Gebrselassie this past fall when he ran 2:04:26 in on the same course in Berlin. Gebreselassie has since run under 2:04:55 in the Dubai Marathon as well.

This would be Tergat’s third New York City Marathon. He won New York in his debut in 2005, knocking off South Africa’s Hendrick Ramaala in that race. He raced New York again in 2006, finishing third that year.

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