Moses Tanui

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Moses Tanui
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Competitor for  Kenya
World Championships
Gold 1991 Tokyo 10,000 m
Silver 1993 Stuttgart 10,000 m
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Gold 1995 Montbéliard
Silver 1997 Košice

Moses Tanui (born 20 August 1965 in Nandi District, Kenya) is a former Kenyan long-distance runner who won the gold medal over 10000 m at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo.


At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart he finished second after a controversial incident on the final lap in which he lost one shoe after making contact with the eventual winner Haile Gebrselassie. He also won the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 as well as the 102nd Boston Marathon in 1998. Tanui won IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 1995 and silver in the 1997 competition.

He was the first athlete to run a half marathon below 60 minutes by running 59:47 in Milan on 03.04.1993. His world record was broken five years later by fellow Kenyan Paul Tergat.

At the Chicago Marathon in 1999, Tanui helped spur Khalid Khannouchi to a new world record, eventually finishing 2nd in 2:06:16, which was a Kenyan national record and the third fastest marathon in history at that point. [1]

He was still active in 2004 when he competed at the Seoul International Marathon. He retired later due to a knee injury. Today he operates a training camp in Kaptagat [2].

He was involved in a serious car accident near Nakuru in February 2010 suffering minor injuries. David Lelei, another former runner, was driving Tanui's car and died in the accident [1]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Kenya
1996 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:09:15
1998 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:07:34
1999 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 2nd 2:06:16
2000 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 3rd 2:07:47
2002 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st 2:10:25


  1. ^ Daily Nation, February 19, 2010: Tanui's brave escape

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Preceded by
Mexico Dionicio Cerón
Men's Half Marathon World Record Holder
1993-04-03 – 1998-04-04
Succeeded by
Kenya Paul Tergat
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kenya Benson Masya
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Kenya Benson Masya