Tergat vows to win Olympic marathon gold

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    If you thought he was over the hill, then think again. That's the message former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat sent out on Friday when he vowed to clinch the elusive Olympic gold in Beijing this summer.

    A perennial bridesmaid on the Olympic track having lost memorable battles to his Ethiopian rival and personal friend Haile Gebrselassie over 10,000 metres, Tergat said he is concentrating on grabbing the gold in the 42-kilometre race in Beijing in August.

    Tergat lost out the gold on the track to Gebrselassie in the Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympic Games and the duo will be at it again in Beijing with the Ethiopian having sounded the alarm bells early with the world record in Berlin last year (two hours, four minutes and 26 seconds) before running inside Tergat's old record (2:04.55) by clocking 2:04.53 at last month's Dubai Marathon.

    allAfrica.com article

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