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Monday, November 07, 2005

Tergat Bags New York

It would be interesting to find out what Paul Tergat was thinking as he entered the final 100 meters of the just concluded New York Marathon. With defending champ Hendrick Ramaala breathing down his neck, would this be another 2nd placed finished? It turned out that Tergat held on just enough to stave off the South African by just a whisker - a lunge - a foot - you know how close it is from the timings and the picture (click to enlarge)!
Top Women 2005 (Finish)
1. Jelena Prokopcuka (LAT) 2:24:41
2. Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 2:24:55
3. Derartu Tulu (ETH) 2:25:21

Top Men 2005 (Finish)
1. Paul Tergat (KEN) 2:09:30
2. Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 2:09:31
3. Meb Keflezighi (USA) 2:09:56

For more drama and a whole lot more information, visit the
official site. Race report, event report (read it!) and the fantastic photos. I don't know about you but reading the report and viewing the photos only serve to flame my desire to run there one day. Just look at the number of spectators at the finish, 2 million over the entire route. One day. One of the spectators remarked that for the runners, it was like having a "two-second relationship with everybody”. One day.


  • Ha ha! Me too have the same wish. There is 3 races that I would like to take part in my life namely, New York Marathon, Disney Marathon and London Marathon. Running these event would have fulfilled my running ambitions.

    By Blogger Boon Haw, at 12:14 PM  

  • Really awe-inspiring read. My top 3 "wishlist" Marathons would be of course NYC, London and Berlin. And if GOD suddenly reaches down and zaps me with a dose of Paul Tergat-like talent, the Boston Marathon.

    By Anonymous Lawrence, at 1:07 PM  

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