Two times Olympic silver medallist and five times World Cross country Champion, Paul Tergat was last night inducted into the Van Damme Memorial Hall of Fame for his outstanding performances in the Belgium when he was still in his career.
Tergat who is the president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) took part in the Memorial race seven times and won three times. In 1997, the Kenyan set a new world record in the 10,000 meters in the King Baudouin Stadium. He also triumphed over the distance in 1998 and 200 in Brussels.
The 53 year-old became the first Kenyan man to set the world record in the marathon in 2003, with a time of 2:04.55, who is still regarded as one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time.
The two times world silver medallist was inducted together with one of the finest 3000m runner the world has ever produced Daniel Komen, as he still holds the world record for the 3000m both outdoors (7:20.67 set in 1996) and indoors (7:24.90 set in 1998)
The 46 year-old who is a former world 5000m champion, participated in the Memorial races eleven times and took the honors four times at the Heysel, where he set the world record in 5000m and the same year that he also became world champion over distance. He is also only man in history to run back-to-back sub-four-minute miles, splitting circa 3:59.4 on both the first and second half of the race.
The 1997 5000m World Records have long since been crashed by Joshua Chepetegei from Uganda.