Paul Tergat is a Kenyan distance runner. He was the marathon world-record holder from 2003 to 2007. He won five World Cross Country Championship titles from 1995 to 1999 and two consecutive World Half Marathon Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Tergat currently focuses on the marathon. He finished second in his first three races at this distance: the 2001 and 2002 London Marathon and the 2001 Chicago Marathon. His former world record marathon time of 2:04:55 was set at the Berlin Marathon in 2003. Tergat placed 10th in the 2004 Olympics. In 2005, Tergat won the New York City Marathon in 2:09:29.90, defeating the defending champion by less than half a second.
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