Tergat, Baldini and Gharib header at Great North Run
Newcastle, UK - World marathon record-holder Paul Tergat is aiming for a second success at the BUPA Great North Run half Marathon on 1 October 2006.
The 37-year-old Kenyan star, sidelined from competing by injury a year ago, will take on Italy's Stefano Baldini, the Olympic marathon champion, and Jaouad Gharib, the double World Championship Marathon gold medallist in the Tyneside event."I'm happy to come to Newcastle and compete in what will be my final serious race before my autumn marathon," said Tergat, a runaway winner by over a minute five years ago. "I was disappointed to miss last year through injury, so I'm really looking forward to the race," added the former world record holder for the half marathon distance.Tergat, unfazed that Baldini and Gharib will be two of his main rivals, added: "I've competed and won there before so I know the course, and I am looking forward to what should be a great race."