'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 1.50 lakh Dollar Sunfeast World 10K Run to be held on May 18, said, ''I may run for another two years, but afterwards I want to run for charity to help poor and 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 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

He said due to political turmoil in his country, he kept away from running for the last one year after winning London Marathon.

''This is my first event this year and after my recovery from leg injury. Now I am completely fit and looking forward to Sunday to prove my supremacy, he said.'' On whether he was disappointed not being selected to represent his country in the Beijing Olympics in 10,000 m Run, he said, ''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, ''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 GM RKM GC1948

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