19 April 2013

Kenya: Tergat Inducted in the Bupa Great North Run 'Hall of Fame'

Legendary runner Paul Tergat is among those who were inducted into the hall of fame during the Bupa Great North Run.

Tergat, one of the greatest athletes of his generation, was among the five who were honoured during thee Bupa Great North Run Hall of Fame charity dinner was held on Wednesday night at the Gateshead Hilton in London. During his illustrious career, Tergat captured five successive world cross-country titles, and also set world records for the half and full marathon distances.

On the track, the Kenyan has won two Olympic 10,000m silver medals and two World Championship silver medals. In 1997 he posted a world record for the 25-lap race in Brussels.

The "Gentleman", as he is known for his immaculate behaviour on and off the track, has made three appearances at the Bupa Great North Run, and won the event in 2001 in a time of 1:00:30.

Brendan Foster, the race founder and chairman, said: "He is an elder statesman for road running not only in Kenya but globally, and with his legendary status is an ambassador for many world-class races and also charities supporting the poor. I am delighted to welcome him as a member of the Bupa Great North Run Hall of Fame. He fully deserves the accolade."

Tergat thanked the organisers saying it was a big honour for him to receive such recognition. " This came as a shocker to me but I am happy that people around the world recognise what we do as athletes," he said. He said Bupa Great North Run was one of his favourite races during his days as an active athlete.

" I would snub other races just to honour the Bupa Great North Run. I am happy there were people who are watching, " he noted.

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