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Paul Tergats Goal is a World Record

When the Kenyan Josephat Kiprono won the BERLIN MARATHON in 1999 in 2:06:44,

then the third fastest time ever, his manager Gabriele Rosa stood in the finish

area and said: "If some day Paul Tergat should run the BERLIN MARATHON, he

could be capable of running a time of 2:05 or 2:04." It will be seen on

September 28th whether or not the Italian was correct in his estimation, for

Paul Tergat really will be starting at the 30th real,- BERLIN MARATHON. The

organisers had previously announced the commitment of the best Kenyan marathon

runner.

Paul Tergat was the cross-country world champion five times in a row in the

1990s. He became famous, however, mostly as the big competitor to Haile

Gebrselassie. He once stole the 10,000 world record from the Ethiopian, but at

the big finals he always came in second. He last barely lost against

Gebrselassie at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. Then Paul Tergat changed

the distance. He finished his marathon debut in London in 2001 in second place.

A year later he beat Haile Gebrselassie at the London Marathon, but again he

was only second. Khalid Khannouchi (USA) won in a world record time of 2:05:38.

Since then, Paul Tergat has remained the second fastest runner over the classic

distance of 42.195 km. The world record holder of the half marathon (59:06) is

only 10 seconds short of making the record books for the marathon. But he still

has not won any of his marathon races.

His goals for September 28th are clear: victory and a world record. The 34

year old hopes to use the flat and thus very fast Berlin course to run a world

record. He is even willing to risk suffering a financial loss to do so. He

could have made much more money at the financially stronger Chicago Marathon in

October than he can in Berlin. However, Gabriele Rosa convinced his star to

start in Berlin. The manager knows that the world record is a realistic goal

for Paul Tergat in Berlin. And such a result would not only be good for his

kudos. He would also profit financially, for instance through higher appearance

monies at his next races.

Although the world record still has to be run, the real,- BERLIN MARATHON

has already broken other records before it has begun. The record number of

35,000 runners is expected at the 30th anniversary race. Registration is no

longer possible as the limit has already been reached. "With this number,

we are joining London, New York and Chicago as the largest marathons

worldwide“, says the head of the organisers, Horst Milde. For the inline

skaters, whose race will take place for the first time a day in advance of the

runners, there are still about 3000 race numbers left. The limit for them lies

at a record number of 12,000.

 

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