'Gentleman' wants to run for Charity after retirement

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Bangalore, May 16 (UNI) Five time World Marathon Champion Paul Kabii Tergat, nicknamed 'Gentleman' of Kenya wants to run for Charity after his retirement.

Talking to newsmen, the 38-year-old Tergat, who is here to participate in the 150,000 dollar Sunfeast World 10K Run to be held on May 18, said that "I may run for another two years, but afterwards I want to run for Charity to help poor, physically disabled. Already I am running for charity but I want to contribute more after my retirement." Tergat has won a record five consecutive IAAF World Cross country titles from 1995 to 1999, on the track he has won two World Championships and two Olympics in 1996 and 2000 besides silver medals at 10,000 m on each occasion beaten by Haile Gebrselassie.

He said that due to political turmoil prevailed in his country he kept away from running for the last one year after winning London Marathon. "This is my first event in this year and after my recovery from leg injury. Now I am completely fit and looking forward to Sunday to prove my supremacy." When asked whether he was disappointed for not being selected to represent his country in the Beijing Olympics in 10,000 m run, the twice Olympian said that "I am not disappointed because I want to pave way for youngsters to come up." To another question, Tergat, the Global Ambassador for Distance Running, said that "I am very choosy, I select only a few events and concentrate to win. I may participate in about five events in a year in track and field, 5000 m run and 10000 m run." UNI MSP MV GM1841

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