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TERGAT Paul (1969) Kenya / Track and Field
Paul Tergat would have become the incontestable master of the 10.000 m if his pathway to glory hadn't been barred by the great Ethiopian runner Hailé Gebresselassie.Second to his rival in the Atlanta games of 1996, he finished again second and again behind the Ethiopian runner during the world championships in 1996 and 1997.Yet it was in Sydney that Paul Tergat met with the cruellest of disappointments. Having succeeded in distancing "Gebre" he drove on towards victory, still in gold medal position at only 2 metres from the finishing tape, yet on crossing the line he was silver medallist: his rival had once again snatched victory away from him, this time at the death.The fact remains that Paul Tergat, otherwise a soldier in the Kenyan army, is a great champion who will leave an indelible trace in the annals of cross country, a discipline in which he was five times individual world champion and eight times world champion with the Kenyan team.
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