Moses Tanui

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Runners Josh Cox and Moses Tanui 2002

Moses Tanui (also Moses Kiptarbet Tanui ; born August 20, 1965 in Nandi County ) is a former Kenyan long-distance runner . He is the first person to complete the half marathon distance in less than an hour.

Rail career

Moses Tanui was eighth in the 10,000-meter run at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and at the 1992 Barcelona Games . At the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990 he was fifth over 5000 meters and second over 10,000 meters behind the Englishman Eamonn Martin .

At the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo , Kenyan Richard Chelimo was the first to break away from the field in the 10,000 meter run . It was followed by Moses Tanui and the Moroccan Khalid Skah . At the start of the final round, Tanui had caught up with Chelimo, while Skah was 35 yards behind. In the final sprint, Skah came closer and closer, but could no longer reach the two Kenyans. Moses Tanui was world champion in 27: 38.74 minutes ahead of Chelimo in 27: 39.41 minutes and Skah in 27: 41.74 minutes.

Two years later at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart , Richard Chelimo and Moses Tanui were again in the top group, together with the 20-year-old Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie . After Chelimo fell behind, things got dramatic. Moses Tanui, who had been in the lead for a long time, slowed down his high pace after about 8000 meters, but Gebrselassie persisted behind him and did not take the lead. After Tanui had lost his left shoe at the beginning of the final lap (although it is unclear to what extent Gebrselassie was involved), he started a furious final sprint and had a lead of 10 meters 200 meters from the finish. But Gebrselassie showed the sprint qualities that would make him unbeatable in the next few years and won in 27: 46.02 minutes ahead of Tanui in 27: 46.54 minutes, who in turn had 20 seconds ahead of Chelimo. After crossing the finish line, Tanui refused to congratulate the winner and complained in television interviews that Gebrselassie was constantly stepping on his shoe.

Cross-country running and road running

From 1987 to 1991 and 1993 Moses Tanui was world champion in cross-country running with the Kenyan team . In the individual decision he won silver in 1990 and 1991.

In 1993 he improved the half marathon world record of the Mexican Dionisio Cerón (1:00:46 h) to 59:47 min. It was not until five years later that Paul Tergat undercut this brand in the same place. In 1995 Tanui was world champion in the half marathon , in 1997 he was second, in both years he won the world championship title in the team classification with the Kenyan team. In 1994 he finished tenth under 2:10 h at the Boston Marathon , a year later he finished second in the same place, and in 1996 and 1998 he won this run. In 1999 he was runner- up in the Chicago Marathon behind Khalid Khannouchi , who set a world record.

In 1993 and 1995 Tanui won the Great North Run . In 1996 he set the still valid course record of 1:01:40 hours at the Greifensee run . In 2002 he won the Vienna City Marathon .

In 2004 Tanui retired from sports after a serious knee injury. He owns a hotel in Eldoret and runs a training camp in Kaptagat . On February 17, 2010, he and David Lelei were involved in a serious car accident in which Lelei died and Tanui was seriously injured.

Best times


Web links


  1. Archive link ( Memento from July 14, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Daily Nation, February 17, 2010 (English), accessed February 17, 2010