Paul Tergat was born on June 17 1969 in Riwo, Baringo District. His running career began to take shape only after he had finished secondary school at Kapkawa secondary school.
A soldier in the Kenya Airforce, Tergat’s claim to fame is that He won the world cross country championships 5 times from 1995 to 1999. Tergat also held the world 10,000 metres record and won silver medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and the 1997 world championships finishing behind his arch rival Haile Gebreselassie by the narrowest of margins.
Tergat set two world records. In 1997 he set the world record in the mens 10,000m with a time of 26:27.85 minutes in Bruxelles . In April of 1998 he set the world half marathon record with a time of 59:17 minutes in Milano.Tergat later switched to the marathon where he won the London marathon, Berlin marathon and set a world record of 2:04:55 in 2003. He also won the New York Marathon in 2005.